Parish Catechists

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Explorers

Explorers is for those children of Primary School age who do not attend a Catholic School. It is called 'Explorers' because the children are exploring their journey of faith. The Group meets once a month during Mass for about twenty minutes and then join their parents. We explore various topics, usually based round the Liturgical Year.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

The aim of the Children's Liturgy of the Word Group is to involve the children in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at a level they understand and can participate in more fully.

It uses recognised catechist materials that introduce children to important aspects of the Gospel message and the way in which it relates to their lives today.

Every Sunday, at the beginning of Mass, the priest invites the children of 3 years and upwards to go with their catechist to the Meeting Room. The children are welcomed, they gather round in a circle, the sign of the cross is made and the candle is lit. Sometiems the group sings or says a prayer. Then the children sit down and the theme of the day is introduced. The children stand and sing a Gospel Acclamation and a recognised children's version of the Gospel is read out. The group sits to discuss the Gospel and take part in some activity. The children then process back into the church during the Offertory Procession where they present their work and often interact with the priest.

By providing a special Liturgy of the Word, the children receive an enjoyable and meaningful version of the Gospel. It gives the Parish an opportunity to share its faith with its younger members, and for many parishioners of all ages who act as Catechists, it is their opportunity to enjoy the experience of working with the younger children of the Parish.

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