Young People

Following on from Baptism, the nurturing and development of our young children on their spiritual journey is very important to us.  In support of this, in each of the three parish churches children of school age may take part in their own liturgy during Sunday Mass.

 

At Christmas, children at all the three churches take part in short Nativity celebrations before the Christmas masses, this gives pleasure to young and old alike and is a delightful beginning to the Christmas liturgical season.  Christmas is a time for celebration and our annual children’s Christmas party is a very lively example of this!
 

Following Baptism, the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion are the next milestones in the development of their Catholic faith.  The preparation for these sacraments takes place over nine months through a combination of desk based learning, activities and services which children can participate in. There are also a series of sessions for parents designed to help answer any questions a child may have in order to support them through the preparation process.

 

All classes take place on a Saturday morning for an hour and are held at Our Lady of Lourdes. Programme materials are provided and if possible parents are asked to contribute towards these resources. First Communion masses take place at all three churches of the Parish in early May and are a joyful celebration for the children and their families.

 

The expectation is, that as our young people mature into young adults they will further their commitment as active followers of Christ through receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

Each year the parish sponsors several young people to accompany the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers. They have found this a very enriching experience and have, on their return, shared with the parish some of the events most important to them and their reflections on what the experience has given to them personally.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the Priest during mass.  Children who have made their First Holy Communion are welcome to be altar servers.   To arrange a training session please contact the Parish Priest.

 
Children's Liturgy

In each of the three parish churches, children of school age may take part in their own liturgy. During school term time children between the ages of 4 and 8 leave the Mass to spend time together to explore the readings of the day in a small group session.  If you would be willing to volunteer please contact Pat Blades at Our Lady of Lourdes Here or for St Teresa contact  Monica King Here.   For St Anselm contact TBA

At Christmas, children at all the three churches take part in short Nativity celebrations before the Christmas masses, this gives pleasure to young and old alike and is a delightful beginning to the Christmas liturgical season.  Christmas is a time for celebration and our annual children’s Christmas party is a very lively example of this!

 
Safeguarding: Creating a safe environment for all

Our parish is committed to the safe guarding policies of the Diocese and the Catholic Church in England and Wales: to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and to protect a safe environment for them, in which they can flourish humanly and spiritually.

Our Parish Safeguarding coordinator is Pat Blades.  You can contact her Here  

 

National safeguarding procedures for the Catholic Church can be viewed Here