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Our Parish welcomes the full
participation of young children in the celebration of the Mass.
Special provision in the form of Children's Liturgy
is made at the
Mass in Saint Bernard's and 12
noon in Saint Mary's on the Hill for young children (age 4 � 8yrs)
We try to ensure that Children's Liturgy is an enjoyable experience
for the children
which nurtures their relationship with God as equal members of our
What is Children's liturgy ?
The first half of the Mass is the Liturgy
of the Word where we listen to readings from the Bible, followed by
the Homily where the priest may interpret and relate the readings to
Christian life. However, we all recognise that both of these are
generally aimed towards the majority of the congregation which is
essentially adult. This proves to be of little interest to a young
child who may become bored, making church a negative experience.
"Children's Liturgy" is actually the
"Liturgy of the Word for Children". We cover the Gospel of the day
at a level the children can understand and enjoy. We enrich this
with discussion, prayers, songs and plays. We also try to raise
awareness of God's love, the humanity of Jesus, the Seasons of the
Church, the understanding of symbols in the Mass and the context of
Our aim is to make the children's
experience of church meaningful, whilst helping them to grow in the
faith of the Catholic Church and develop as full and active members
of our Parish Community.
Children must be registered
before attending Children's Liturgy.
Download form here
and return completed and signed to the parish office or Liturgy leader.
currently seeking leaders and assistants to help us with our
For further information, or to volunteer, please
contact any of the leaders at 1pm or 12 noon mass or give your name and contact
details into the parish office. Children�s Liturgy leaders meet
monthly to plan activities and organise a rota for the following
four weeks. Currently we ask for one or two Sundays commitment per
month and we would appreciate any help that is offered. If you are
unable to help we would ask that you remember all children and
helpers in your prayers.