Faith Development

Co-ordinator: Rachael O’Sullivan

Faith development includes the following ministries:

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: 
Contact – May Suffield / Cindy Rowlands

Each Sunday, during term time, children from the ages of three upwards are welcome to join us in the parish room, where a group of catechists will assist them, according to their age and ability, to reflect, understand and participate in the Sunday Liturgy of the Word.  We assemble in the parish room before the 11 o’clock Mass and are welcomed by Fr Phil at the Offertory.

Ongoing faith development:

Explorers of the Word:
Contact – Val Ward

This group breaks open the bible and through reading, studying and sharing the Readings for the coming Sunday have become more familiar with the writings of both Old and New Testaments and their effect on our lives. The sessions take place each Thursday evening, unless notified in the newsletter. Nothing more is required than a desire to deepen your knowledge of the Word of God in a friendly group. Readers are very welcome to come along and prepare for their ministry.

Breakfast study group:
ContactAnn Brereton

The group meets weekly (as advertised in the newsletter) at 9.45am in the outer Sacristy for a light breakfast before beginning a time of reflection and discussion. Inspired by their study of Pope Francis’ Exhortation: ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ (The Joy of the Gospel) during Lent/Eastertide.  In 2014, the group wanted to keep going the momentum and inspiration of Francis’s call to evangelization.

The group reverts to a weekly group from time to time. If you are interested, do come and join in, ALL are very welcome.

Courses:
ContactRachael O’Sullivan

These take place on an occasional basis. Information about courses and training for the many ministries in the parish and for personal faith development is well advertised in the newsletter and on the porch notice boards. If you have any special requests, please make them known.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults):
ContactPaula Wherly

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way adults have been introduced to and brought into the Catholic Church since Vatican ll. When people who are not Catholics reach a stage on their spiritual journey that prompts them to seek to learn more about the Catholic faith, perhaps with a view to becoming a Catholic, then they join our small group of parishioners, who meet regularly from September to Pentecost.

By using scripture, prayer and other stimuli, we explore our beliefs and journey together in faith, hoping to deepen our own relationship with Christ, as well as helping to develop that of our enquirers. We rely on all our parishioners to be on the lookout for people who might be at the right stage of their journey. If you know someone who might like to join us, contact Paula or Fr Phil

Sacramental Preparation:

Please see the Sacraments section of our website here for further information on Baptism, First Holy Communion, First Forgiveness, Marriage and Funerals.