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Jesus calls many young people to him in Baptism and invites them to walk with him in faith as they grow older. This is an ongoing journey. It includes Mass on Sundays where children hear the voice of Jesus and spend time with his family, the Church. It includes preparing for the special moments of encounter in the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation.
This journey of faith also includes getting involved in one of our youth groups. The joy of knowing about Jesus is reassuring, the joy of knowing Jesus personally is life changing. This is what we want for every one of our young parishioners. As a parent we encourage you to get your child involved with the life of the Church. Let their faith be fed and let them serve Jesus in other people. On this page you will find information about the different opportunities available to the children and teenagers of our Parish.
"You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of his love, courageous witnesses of his Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of light."
Below you will find different groups and opportunities which are available in our Parish for our young people.
Have a look through them and get in touch to find out more.
Strengthening the faith of our youngsters is so important. Let your child encounter the God who loves them.
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Our 9:00 AM Mass has a Children’s Liturgy during Term Time for 3-12 year olds. During the Mass, when the Readings are about to be proclaimed, the Priest will invite the children present to come forward. The children will process out together for their input and teaching with our volunteer leaders. They get to hear Jesus speaking to them. They return together for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Click below for more information on preparing your child for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Anchor is ongoing faith formation for all children in years 3-6. Children who are not attending a Catholic School should enrol in Anchor. It’s an opportunity to grow in relationship with God, delve into Biblical stories and develop strong bonds of friendship.
Click below for more details.
“Never let the fire in your heart go out,” says Romans 12: 11. In years 4-7 the fire which God placed in them at Baptism and fanned in Holy Communion, is about to spark into greater life or be extinguished.
Ignite aims to help that fire grow in our children. They meet fortnightly to grow in friendship, be formed as disciples and help with Communion prep.
We have a small number of places each year so our team has to choose participants based on suitability.
Edge is a youth group for those in year 6 and 7. It keeps friends together during a time of significant change in their lives as they move schools. They experience the joy of walking together as followers of Jesus. Edge meets in blocks of 3 or 4 Mondays in a row and delves into a particular theme or subject whilst having a good laugh.
Serving at the altar is an immense privilege. If your child feels Jesus’s call to serve at his altar then encourage them to pray about it and then get in touch with us. You can speak to any of the priests or deacons. Alternatively, send us an email.
Focus is a pre-Confirmation group for our Parish youngsters in years 8 or 9. It runs October to January in blocks of 3 or 4 Sunday afternoons in a row.
What student doesn’t need to focus? But Focus is so much more than being savvy with time. It’s about where our youngsters aim their passion. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to fix “our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” When our youth are focused on Christ their vision will be crystal clear.
Encounter is a pre-Confirmation group for our Parish youngsters in years 8 or 9. It runs March to June in blocks of 3 or 4 Monday evenings in a row. Until we know Jesus personally Catholicism is just another bunch of stuff to know. When we encounter Jesus we begin to see Catholicism as God’s chosen way to bring his life to us today.
To prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation it is expected that the candidate is involved in the life of the Parish or has been a part of the Focus Groups or Encounter journey.
For information on Confirmation see the link below.
You have just received the Sacrament of Confirmation, now what? In Confirmation you were called by God to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to be sent out to tell others about the good news of Jesus. Aspire is a group for you to grow in faith with others and to slowly discover the person God is calling you to be in this world. The world needs you to be who God is calling you to be.
Aspire meets fortnightly throughout the Academic year.