Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

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Enjoy Life with our Kids

A growing feature of the Sunday Eucharist is the withdrawal of children to celebrate their own liturgy of the Word. The usual Sunday process of three readings, interspersed with psalm, silence and acclamation, and enfleshed by homily and prayer of the Faithful, requires a level of concentration of which most children are not capable. Simplifying this part of the celebration, while maintaining its liturgical character, satisfies the needs of the young so that they, too, can celebrate the Eucharist with ‘full, conscious and active participation’ which is ‘their right and duty by virtue of their baptism’. (CSL #14)   
Fr Linh invites children, from preps through to Year 6, to come up to the altar before the Liturgy of the Word begins. He sends them out with a blessing, to spend time with the readings at their own level.  Each Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word is enriched and modified to make it important and relevant to the lives and experiences of young people and children.  
Thay are brought back into the church before the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, and are then invited up to stand around the altar as we pray the Lord's Prayer.  

Journey through Advent with Jesus - Margaret Bateson-Hill

Want to do something different this Advent? You might find this resource helpful.
As Advent begins, make your own Advent calendar by preparing a long piece of string and pegs, hanging up all the things you will make – photos, pictures, maps, names etc.

You will need:  Paper   and    Crayons   and   a map of your town/country/world  (find one online, or draw one)
The first week has a focus on ME; the second on FAMILY; the third on VISITORS and the fourth on JESUS.
To help plan the activities with the children, you can download the A5 version: PDF iconAdvent calendar A5 folded.pdf