The Family Mass is a wonderful way for families, young and old to participate in prayer and worship together. Family mass is focused on families - and families are invited to participate via readings, plays, singing, processions, serving, prayers, etc.
The Family Masses are held on the Second Sundays of the month at 11:00am in the Sacred Heart Church, Penicuik and are followed by Donuts and Coffee in the Michael Room.
The first Family Mass at Sacred Heart Church will be held on Sunday 10th December at 11:00am and will be followed by meeting with St Nicholas.
Families of all shapes and sizes…kids, parent/s, grandparents & friends are all warmly welcomed!
Features of the Family Mass include:
*Music appealing to the children
*Homilies meaningful to both children and adults
*Children serving as readers and gift bearers
FAMILY MASS MINISTRIES AND ROLES
The Family Mass provides several opportunities for parents and children to actively celebrate Mass. Participating in special roles in the liturgy help children and adults alike to develop an understanding and appreciation for the Mass and Catholic traditions. If you think you or children would enjoy helping during the Family Mass, there are lots of ways listed below. We’d love to have your help!
Eucharistic and Liturgical Ministers – Ministering at the Family Mass is a great way to serve God and the community. Eucharistic Ministers assist in Communion distribution at Mass. Lectors proclaim the Word of God. There is a brief training session for both ministries.
Parents interested in becoming a Eucharistic or Liturgical Minister can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Greeters and Ushers – We always need help in welcoming people to the Family Mass, handing out newsletters or other materials, bringing the gifts to the altar, and overseeing the collection. These tasks provide a wonderful opportunity for families to minister together. We’d love to have you and your children help!
Families interested in participating, please email email@example.com for more information.
Altar Servers – Altar Servers offer service to God and the community by assisting the priest during Mass. The ministry is open to all adults, youth and children of the parish who have made their First Communion. There are training sessions for Altar Servers – for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Mass Music – If you enjoy the upbeat, children-friendly, hand-clapping, we are always seeking new singers and instrumentalists to join our ranks. All ages are welcome!
Coffee and Donuts – Donuts and coffee are offered in the Michael Room after the Family Mass. It is a great place to meet and greet old and new friends. Families volunteer to help with set-up and clean-up each week – if you have not had a chance to host yet, or are ready to host again, please email email@example.com.
Why family mass?
1. Our hope is to build families - doing things together is one factor that supports this.
2. By including older children and parents in the liturgical experience our hope is to encourage them through participation on their own faith journey .
3. The younger children can learn so much by what we do. They see they have a role beyond being young children and they are inspired and supported by their parents and older brothers or sisters.
4. We hope that being with their families makes organisation easier and shares the load.
"How important it is for our families to journey together towards a single goal! We know that we have a road to travel together; a road along which we encounter difficulties but also enjoy moments of joy and consolation. And on this pilgrimage of life we also share in moments of prayer. What can be more beautiful than for a father and mother to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day, to trace on their forehead the sign of the cross, as they did on the day of their baptism? Is this not the simplest prayer which parents can offer for their children? To bless them, that is, to entrust them to the Lord, just like Elkanah and Anna, Joseph and Mary, so that he can be their protection and support throughout the day. In the same way, it is important for families to join in a brief prayer before meals, in order to thank the Lord for these gifts and to learn how to share what we have received with those in greater need. These are all little gestures, yet they point to the great formative role played by the family in the pilgrimage of every day life."