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CL 2019Do you find it a struggle to get your children to Mass on a Sunday?
Do all of your children have sporting or other commitments?
Do your children complain about Mass being boring?
Do you feel that you’ve lost your connection with God or that you’ve never really had one?

We are a group of parents who were experiencing some or all of the above! We helped to set up the 10.30am Family Mass because we wanted our children to develop a meaningful relationship with God and to live a life of helping others.

The Family Mass is run by families for families. It’s child centred and child friendly. We have a good selection of books for children to read and we provide colouring pencils and colouring sheets / work sheets for older children. At the sermon, all children are invited up onto the altar, rather like the children crowding around Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount. Each child who has not yet made their First Holy Communion is invited to receive a special blessing at Communion time.

The music for the Mass is provided by the Children’s Choir. All children who would like to sing are welcome to join us each week on the benches at the top right hand side of the Church. We try to sing simple songs with the clear message that God loves each and every one of us, big and small, warts and all. All children are welcome in the choir, no matter what their singing abilities! We have a choir rehearsal once a month for one hour, usually on a Monday. This helps the children to pick up the tune and learn the words of the songs. Ms. Purcell has very kindly offered to teach our “standard numbers” to the three First Communion classes. We are hoping to produce a second edition of our Children’s Mass hymnal so that everyone can join in the singing.

There is no Second Reading at the Children’s Mass, only a First Reading. The Reading comes from a Children’s Lectionary so it’s much simpler for children to understand. We use a special child friendly Creed. Volunteers for Readings, the Creed and Prayers of the Faithful are always welcome - particularly older siblings. Families who would like to volunteer to assist with the Offertory Procession are most welcome. Confessions are available after Mass for anyone who’d like to go.

As a general rule, Mass is over by 11.15am and once the Parish Centre is up and running, we’d like to try and resume our monthly coffee and cake once a month to which all are welcome.

Dates for your diary:

On Sunday 8th of December, we will be hosting our annual Advent service (in conjunction with St. Mary's school choir) at 3.30pm with readings by the children and carols by candlelight.

On Tuesday 10th of December, we will be hosting an adult Advent Reflection from 7.30pm to 8.30pm with Spiritual Direction from Fr. Gerard Ryan SJ and music by Deirdre Seaver. It’s an opportunity to take an hour out from the mayhem of everyday life and to consider the true meaning of Christmas.

At the 10.30am Mass on Sunday 15th of December, we will have the annual Donnybrook St. Vincent De Paul Toy Appeal. We would be delighted if you could bring a present with you to the Mass for a child in need this Christmas.

Please join us in making our Parish active and alive. You will be very welcome.

Many thanks

The Family Mass Team

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