Youth Group

July 2020

We have a wonderful group of young people in our parish, ranging in age from pre-school to senior high school.  (One enthusiastic member, really still a kid at heart, is 63!  Ha ha!! 😂)

Before COVID-19 we used to meet on Saturday afternoons.  Activities typically included prayer, catechism, music, games and always – food! 🍕Pizza and poutine rated highly.  Many helped at Masses as altar servers and volunteered for various jobs around the parish.  Lately, members of our youth group are helping parishioners to return to Mass safely.  These amazing young people support the ushers as people enter and leave the church, and they stay behind to help with sanitizing all the pews between Masses.

As the pandemic eases we look forward to being together again – to sharing music and food again🎵, and hopefully a trip to a bowling alley or mini-putt facility🎳.  A chili cook-off remains to be held – some really like it spicy🌶️!!  I dream of the day when we will be able to integrate some of our talented young people with their enthusiastic smiles, voices and instruments as they help uplift the music ministry at one of our Masses.

Father Martin and I are so proud of each of them.

Deacon Fred

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy takes place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass from September to June. There are two groups: pre-school and school aged, so the lesson is age-appropriate. Each class is taught by a leader and assisted by a second adult. The pre-school group sings songs with actions, learns little prayers, reads from a Children’s Bible and colours pictures related to the readings. The school aged group follows the outline of a Mass to help them integrate as they get older with: an opening prayer, 1st reading, gospel reading, short lesson, profession of faith, prayers of the faithful, and a closing prayer). Handouts are given to the children when they leave for additional reading at home, and activities to do as a family. All children welcome (and curious parents too).

Altar Servers

Children and young adults who have received their First Holy Communion are eligible to help serve during our weekend Masses. Training is provided by the older and experienced servers. Servers are encouraged to present themselves at least 15 minutes before Mass to prepare.