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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Today’s Mass Readings
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The Trimmins on the Rosary
I can see that little mother still and hear her as she pleads,
"Now it's getting on to bed-time; all you childer get your beads".
Then we'd softly gather round her, and we'd speak in accents low,
And pray like Sainted Dominic so many years ago.
And the little Irish mother's face was radiant, for she knew
That "where two or three are gathered" He is gathered with them too.
O'er the paters and the aves how her reverent head would bend,
How she'd kiss the cross devoutly when she counted to the end.
Gentle was that little mother, and her wit would sparkle free,
But she'd murder him who looked around while at the Rosary.
And if perchance you lost your beads, disaster waited you,
For the only one she'd pardon was "himself" because she knew
He was hopeless, and 'twas sinful what excuses he'd invent,
So she let him have his fingers and he cracked them as he went.
And bedad he wasn't certain if he'd counted five or ten,
Yet he'd face the crisis bravely and would start around again.
But she tallied all the decades and she'd block him on the spot,
With a "Glory, Daddah, Glory" and he'd "Glory" like a shot...
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Extract from 'The Trimmins on the Rosary' by John O'Brien
 
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