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.
This takes place at 9.45 am every Sunday. During this Mass there is a Children’s Liturgy for children aged 5 and older. This is held in the St Edward’s Room, just off the main body of the Church and provides the children with a Liturgy of the Word suited to their age and ability.
The Children's Liturgy group also shares responsibility for organising the children's termly newsletter, monthly family masses and special liturgies throughout the year - such as the first mass of Christmas, Palm Sunday and Good Friday.
During Family Mass, a play and pray group is held in the Parish Centre for those aged 2 – 4. This allows us to provide these little ones with an introduction to the Mass and spirituality in a joyful manner.
As our young people grow, we know how hard you as their parents work to maintain their engagement with the Church. We do all that we can to support you in this task.
Sr Graça Almeida, a Comboni Missionary Sister who lives in the Parish, works tirelessly on our behalf. She has set up the “Youth Our Lady Of Grace” (YouthOLOG) Group and the Young Adults Group. The young people animate the Youth Mass once a month and they lead other events throughout the year, such as the Taizè Prayer in Advent and Lent.
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!
The Children's Choir
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 held Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in church. And don't worry if you haven't sung in a choir before, we'll give you lots of help!
St Mary's Catholic Primary School
We are rightly proud of our local primary school, which is located on Duke’s Road l. The school works closely with parents and the rest of the Parish to ensure that at the heart of the school are the thoughts, actions, love and care inspired by the teaching of the Gospel.
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.
The young people are encouraged to participate actively in the life of the Parish, by being singers, or instrumentalists, servers or welcomers at the Youth Mass, or reaching out to the poor and needy as volunteers.
The YouthOLOG group joins in events such as the Flame Youth Congress, the World Youth Day with the Pope and pilgrimages such as the diocesan Sick Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
For more information contact Sr Graça Almeida by email Graca.firstname.lastname@example.org or by text or phone 0778 7132 912
Young Adults Group
The Young Adults Group is a group of parishioners aged 18-30. It is formed with the belief that this age is a time for great questions and important decisions about life. It is a time to grow in the knowledge of faith and increase the ability to make moral decisions and give Christian witness. But it is also a time of great challenges when people can be misled by the society of consumerism, materialism, atheism and prestige which could drive them away from what they are called to be.
The vision for the Young Adults is that the people aged 18-30 journey together as a small community that becomes active and visible in the parish.
One aim of the group is for them to support each other in making a free and conscientious choice for the Gospel and for what they choose for themselves and for the society. Therefore, they organize activities that help them to grow in their spiritual life and in their experience of the Gospel.
The other aim of the group is that people of this age feel comfortable and at home as members of the Church and become confident in their Christian belief being an inspiration for other young people.
These two aims will be achieved by the following activities: monthly Lectio Divina sessions to reflect and pray the Word of God, reading and reflecting the Pope’s messages, going on weekend retreats twice a year, watching and commenting on films and books, joining pilgrimages and organizing social evenings.
The mission of the Young Adults Group is to support the activities for the YouthOLOG group; it leads the Saturday sessions for the teenagers and the Youth Mass on Sunday evening. They also guide the Taizè Prayer in Advent and Lent.
The group meets on Sunday after 6:30pm Mass, in the Parish Centre in Dukes Avenue. For more information, contact Sr Graça Almeida by email <Graca.email@example.com> or by text or phone: 0778 7132 912 or Fr Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.