"Catechesis is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways." (General Directory for Catechesis #105)
Through our baptism, Jesus empowers each of us to continue His mission of leading people to an ever deepening relationship with God when he said “Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of time. (Mt. 28:20).
CLOW’s purpose is to mirror the Liturgy of the Word as celebrated at Mass whilst delivering the Gospel in a form that children will understand and in a way that will help them to relate its message to their own lives and experience. At St Pius Xth, the children, with their adult leaders, process with their own lectionary to their prayer space after the opening prayer and re-join the main Mass for the Offertory Procession. Unfortuanately CLOW is not available at Sacred Heart due to lack of space.
NB: *On the second Sunday of the month the children in both parishes lead the Liturgy of the Word during the main Mass. (There is no CLOW at St Pius Xth)
The Catholic Church continues to serve millions of people by helping them answer important questions about their lives and by leading them into the fullness of life. It is always a joyous occasion when a person chooses to learn more about Jesus, the Church He founded, the meaning that only He can give and, after deep reflection, chooses to become a Catholic. It is a privilege to walk alongside that person on his or her spiritual journey.
‘It is necessary that parishes strive to support families, the little domestic churches, in their work of passing on the Faith’ - Pope Benedict XVI.
The Baptismal Rite recognises parents are the first educators of their children in the ways of faith supported by the wider family. Parents, godparents and grandparents are encouraged to deepen their own relationship with Jesus and their understanding of what it means to be a lifelong member of the Church. Support would be greatly appreciated in providing a welcoming atmosphere to reflect and share experiences.
The Scripture readings for the Mass on the following Sunday will form the basis for teaching, prayer and reflection. A workbook will be given to parents so that they can participate in their children’s instruction at home.
The children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent and will celebrate First Eucharist on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Parents will be invited to enrol their children during September/October.
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation involves learning, sharing, serving, fellowship, spiritual growth and fun! In Confirmation one is enriched by the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed, and to spread and defend the Faith. Through it, one enters into full membership of the Church and says YES to those promises made at Baptism, which are often made on one’s behalf.