Children’s Liturgy is held during Sunday morning Mass (school term time) and they are held in the meeting rooms attached to both churches. The aim of children’s liturgy is to provide school age children to the age of 11 years with an opportunity to engage with a liturgy more suited to their age range. Children should assemble prior to the start of Mass.
The youth club for primary school juniors (years 5 & 6) is returning from September 2016 and is held monthly on a Thursday from 6.15-7.30pm in term time. We have planned to deliver 8 sessions over the academic year for the young people in our parish on the following dates:
- 26th January 2017
- 30th March 2017
- 25th May 2017
- 29th June 2017
- 20th July 2017
The Sacramental preparation programme for children is a Diocesan based programme which is made up of three contributory parts: parents, church and school. Sessions in church are held monthly at St Mary’s Church from October to May inclusive and support the children to prepare and celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
- 15th January 2017
- 12th February 2017
- 5th March 2017
- 9th April 2017
- 20th May 2017 – First Holy Communion at St Mary’s
- 21st May 2017 – First Holy Communion at St Wilfrid’s
The Candidates’ Confirmation sessions has taken place most recently between September and October 2016. During these sessions, there is also a parents and candidates’ session to make final preparations for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation Mass in our parish was held on 7th November 2016 with Bishop Seamus Cunningham in attendance. As part of the programme, a post-Confirmation session was also arranged. Thank you to everyone who was involved, especially the candidates who have now been confirmed.
The Give Group
The GIVE Group consists of a number of Parish volunteers who value the contribution young people make to the Parish and aim to focus on initiatives and strategies in support of young people. We held a competition inviting pupils in St Chad’s and St Wilfrid’s schools to suggest a name for the group and the winner suggested “The GIVE Group”:
- “G” for “giving” our time in support of young people
- “I” for enabling young people to get “involved” in the Parish
- “V” for providing the opportunity for young people to express their “views”
- “E” for arranging and promoting “events” for young people.
Currently working on: gathering the views of young people and forming a Parish Youth Council, re-launching the Youth Club, planning events for young people in academic year 2016-17 and promoting Deanery, Diocesan and National events for young people.
The parish works in partnership with our local Catholic schools to give young people the opportunity to play a leading role in the monthly Family Masses (term time only). Young people who do not attend the local schools are also welcome to participate. The next dates are as follows:
- 15th January 2017
- 12th February 2017
- 12th March 2017
- 21st May 2017
- 18th June 2017
John Paul II Award
The Award invites all young people aged 16-18 years (post GCSE Exams) to give some time to Parish Involvement and Social Awareness projects. Gold 20 hours, Silver 14 hours and Bronze 8 hours (each section). The Award can be included in CVs and UCAS Forms.
We currently have four young people involved in the Award in our Parish doing a range of activities e.g. helping younger people at Family Masses, Children’s Liturgy, First Communion preparation, as well as greeting people, taking part in the Offertory, church choir and helping with the church shop. Their Social Awareness Projects include Meals Service, school Fair Trade Shop, school Assemblies, supporting the sick in Lourdes and taking part in projects in Peru.
If you would like to know more, visit the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle section on The John Paul II Award website.
Deanery Youth Meetings
Representatives from the parishes in the deanery have formed a group in support of the Youth Agenda. We have a parish adult representative attending and would welcome young people (Year 10 or above) who would be interested in attending a meeting with other young people in the deanery. Transport will be arranged. To find out when the next meeting is, please contact us.
For young people in years 4-7, the Youth Council will meet once every half-term in St Mary’s meeting room starting at 4pm on the following Thursdays:
- 2nd February 2017
- 23rd March 2017
- 18th May 2017
- 22nd June 2017