Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”( Matthew 19:14)


The Family Mass group is dedicated to encouraging children’s participation in the celebration of the Mass and supporting them in their faith development as they learn about Jesus’ message of love for all.  They work together to create a welcoming and prayerful atmosphere where all can feel a real part of the community of faith. The children look forward to the Mass for a variety of reasons. They can meet other children, participate themselves and understand what is going on.

Each week the Family group members prepare the Mass to follow the theme of the Sunday readings or feast day. Readings are chosen to suit the younger listener prayers of the faithful and music are chosen to match the theme of the Mass.

Why is our Mass so special? Because the Mass suits all ages, both young and old, while at the same time the theme is simple and the celebration of Mass to the forefront. The readings are read by our children. The homily is directed towards the children. The children offer the prayers of the faithful and throughout the Mass lead the congregation in song. Music, action and drama all play are very important part in our liturgy.

Advent is a special season for the Family Mass, as each week of the season we journey with Mary and Joseph through drama to the birth of Jesus.

Lent is also a very special time for the Family Mass. On Holy Thursday the children re-enact the ‘Last Supper’. On Good Friday they act out the Way of the Cross and on Easter Sunday the gospel story is dramatized.

If you are interested in finding out more please talk to any member of the Family Mass group after 10.00 a.m. Mass or contact the parish Office (01) 836 9291