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) made its return from September 2016 and is held on a Thursday from 6.15-7.30pm in term time. Over 2016/17 we delivered 8 sessions over the academic year for the young people in our parish.
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.
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.
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.