Family Mass

The Family Mass Group works together to create an inclusive and welcoming experience at the 10.30 Mass each Sunday. The people who appreciate this experience most are those who value and cherish the efforts of children and teenagers (and their families). We celebrate a Mass that nourishes their faith and love of God in a way suited to them. It treasures family life in all its forms. 

There is a focus on praying through words, art, music and actions. All those who attend Mass are welcome to join in the singing, and children especially are invited to colour their pictures, 4kidsread child friendly books and come up to the altar for the Our Father.  Children’s movement and noise during the Mass is part of their prayer and we value that contribution; as the Lord said, ‘let the little children come unto me’.

If you, as a child, teen or adult, would like to say a prayer, do a reading, sing in the choir, serve at Mass, join the musicians or drama group, or join the group that plans these activities, we extend a welcoming hand to you.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact any of the Family Mass Group after the 10.30 Mass. We are just like you – interested in nourishing a life of faith for our families in a challenging environment and culture.

The Family Mass runs from September to June and families (both parents and children) are invited to participate fully in the celebration of the Eucharist.

We especially invite parents/adults with a musical talent – singing or playing an instrument – to become part of the organising group.dscf2309

One Parent's experience of attending the Family Mass:
"The family Mass has a relaxed open atmosphere and has been a perfect place to introduce our children to Mass. There is a great sense of community and belonging. The children love the opportunity to participate."

 

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Meditation on the Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus is condemned to death. Do I ever criticise others, blame others? Do I recognise my own fault before I look for the faults of others?
2. Jesus takes up the Cross. Do I accept crosses or burdens in my life without complaint? Do I ever load burdens onto others?
3. Jesus falls the first time. When I fall or make mistakes do I get up again or am I inclined to give up?
4. Jesus meets his mother. Do I recognise the hurt even unintentional that my life can cause to others especially those I love the most?
5. Simon helps Jesus carry the Cross. Am I always grateful to those who offer me help or who share a burden with me?
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Do I always recognise Christ’s image in others and can others see the image of Christ in me?
7. Jesus falls the second time. If at first I don’t succeed do I keep trying – do I persevere?
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Even when I’m weighed down by the difficulties of my own life am I always ready and willing to help others and to put their needs before my own?
9. Jesus falls the third time. Am I ever the cause of others falling or do I comment on the faults or failures of others?
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments. Am I willing to deprive myself of attachment to material things to give more time to God?
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. Can I bear pain without always seeking instant relief? Am I ever guilty of causing pain to others?
12. Jesus dies on the Cross. Am I willing to die to my own sinfulness and selfishness? Do I always want my own way?
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross. Have I a devotion to Mary in my life? As Jesus gave us His Mother from the Cross do I accept Mary as my Heavenly Mother who intercedes for me?
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb. Do I live my life in such a way that I can be confident the grave will not be the end for me but that I will share in Christ’s Resurrection?
 
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