Children and Teenagers
Our priests and catechists work closely together to ensure our younger parishioners feel valued - and that their parents are supported in bringing up their children in the Catholic faith.
Our young people are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the parish – for example, as servers, singers or instrumentalists. For many, this is an experience that will remain with them through their lives.
Helping to serve at Mass is a wonderful opportunity way to really get involved in the celebration of the Mass. Therefore, children who have celebrated their First Holy Communion are invited to join our group of altar servers. Naturally, training and support are provided!
For young singers and potential singers, we welcome children who are in Year 3 or above to join us in singing at the monthly Family Mass. Practice is heldon the first Saturday of every month at 3.00 pm in church. And don't worry if you haven't sung in a choir before, we'll give you lots of help! Anyone who is interested in joining the Parish Children's Choir who sing once a month during the 9.45am Family Mass should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
The YouthOLOG is a group of teenagers aged 14-17. Most of the young people of this age have been confirmed. Once a month, on Saturday evening, the Youth Team holds a session, guided by the Young Adults Group, to discuss relevant topics for teenagers. The other Saturdays are open for socialising activities. Contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sister Garca at email@example.com
This takes place at 9.45 am every Sunday and during term time includes Children’s Liturgy of the Word for children aged 5 and older. Held in the St Edward’s Room, adjacent to the main body of the Church, it and provides the children with a Liturgy of the Word suited to their age and ability.
The Children's Liturgy group also organises monthly masses where children lead the readings and singing and special liturgies throughout the year - such as the first mass of Christmas, Palm Sunday and Good Friday.
St Mary's Catholic Primary School
"Living and learning in faith" is the mission statement of St Mary's school. As well as a "good" rating from Ofsted, the school is a happy and vibrant community where children receive a broad education which includes music and sport. The school has close links with the Parish. This September we welcome our new Executive Headteacher Ms Joan Harte. For more information on all aspects of school life please visit our website on www.stmaryschiswick.org.uk
Children in non Catholic schools
Although you as parents are the first to teach your child about the Catholic faith, we want to support you in this vital work.
Recognising that not every child in the Parish goes to a Catholic School we offer religious education classes for those in Year 4 and those in Years 5 and 6 from September to the end of the school year. If you are interested in such classes, please contact the Parish Office.