The children of the parish are invited by Father Mckay to celebrate the Liturgy of The Word with their own catechists at 11am Sunday morning Mass
Offering the children a Liturgy of The Word, which is suited to their age and adapted to their stage of development, can become one of the key ways of helping them grow in faith.
The Children’s Liturgy is a real and positive route to help the children develop into real and informed Christians. It also illustrates to them that the word of The Lord has a natural and important place in their daily lives. By allowing the children the opportunity to participate at their own level, to be active, and to be involved, helps to build a healthy relationship between The Liturgy and their daily living. It also provides the children with a strong base for sincere and lasting faith.
The children gather in the Church and begin the Mass with everyone else. After the Sign of the Cross and the Greeting, the Priest calls the children forward, presents them with a Bible and the adult leaders process with the children to the “upper room” The children come back into church at the offertory where they display what they have done and then some of them take part in the Offertory procession.
If you would like to help with this important ministry, please let Father or Veronica know. Following a mandatory PVG check We will welcome you in joining our team of dedicated volunteers.
This is not a closed group – all primary school age children in the Church are welcome and encouraged to attend
Online Fun… while you are waiting for next weeks childrens liturgy here is a link to some fun online activities you may want to try http://www.bibleactivitieszone.com/
Children’s liturgy –Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Speak to our hearts and help us to see that we are one big family.
Old or young, short or tall, wherever we live, you made us all.
Help us to share, however hard it seems, to make our world fair,
And live out our dreams.
First reading Exodus 22:20-26 Psalm: Psalm 17:2-4, 47, 51. R. v.2
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
Remember last week when the people tried to trick Jesus into saying the wrong thing ? This week we hear them trying it again! They tried to trap him with a question. “Teacher,” they asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the greatest and the most important commandment.The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
There is a lot of talk about something called a commandment. A commandment is a type of rule that God has given us.
Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is.
Jesus says the greatest and the first commandment is that we should love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind.
Let’s think for a moment about this. When we love someone we try to show this in the way that we treat them. How do you think you can show that you love God?
We can show that we love God when we pray – by giving thanks and praise to God. And by remembering all that God asks us to do. We can also show our love for God by trying to behave in a way that pleases God. This is where the second commandment comes in. Can you remember what it was?
Jesus asks us to love our neighbour as ourselves. When Jesus asks us to love our neighbour, do you think he just means the person who lives next door? Who else is our neighbour?
Our neighbours are the people sitting next to us right now, as well as all the people in the same street, at school and at church, in our town and in our world. After all, we’re all part of the same big global family. And we’re all loved by God.
Some neighbours live close to us and some live far away. But Jesus asks us to love them all as we love ourselves. What do you think this means?
Jesus wants us to treat other people as we would want to be treated, to make sure all people are treated fairly, and have what they need. How do you think we can do that?
We can all put our love into action to support our neighbours around the world and to help them get the things that they need.
Think about your neighbours close by and those far away. What will you do to help your neighbours and show your love for them in the coming week?
We love God with all our hearts and so we pray together:
We pray for the Church throughout the world: that it may do as Jesus asks, showing love for God and all people. Lord, in your mercy…
We pray for our neighbours around the world: that together we may work to build a future free from poverty. Lord, in your mercy…
We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may be moved to reach out in love to our neighbours around the world. Lord, in your mercy…
Closing prayer: God of life, we love you, we thank you and we praise you for all that you have done for us. Help us to love our neighbours, both here and around the world, and treat all people as we would wish to be treated. Amen.