Children's Liturgy. The sessions of Children's Liturgy now only occur  twice each month. Since many of the children who attend have not yet made their First Holy Communion, attendance at C. L. is all the more important, nurturing in them a love of Jesus and a sense of involvement in the Mass.There are some useful resources available to aid leaders and helpers in this valuable and rewarding work.

First Communion Celebration in Marian Hall

 First Holy Communion.

Seven children from the Holy Ghost Church, Yeovil made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 13th June 2015 at a special Mass followed by a celebration ‘breakfast’ in the Marian Hall. It was a very memorable occasion. One child received the Holy Eucharist for the first time when she went to Poland at half term and two more will receive the Sacrament in India during the summer holiday.

Three children from South Petherton also made their First Holy Communion on Sunday 14th June.

                                                           Margaret Want.

First Holy Communion Preparation

The First Communion preparation group is for children in Key Stage 2. The classes normally begin in January and we meet each Wednesday, after school, in term time.

Instruction takes place in the library of St. Gildas School between 3.30 – 4.30 pm. Every alternate week, one of the parish priests will meet with the parents.

The celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion usually takes place in June, close to the feast of Corpus Christi. The classes are run by Mrs. Margaret Want.

 If you would like any further information, please feel free to contact Margaret on             01935 427572      . 

Children's Liturgy

Children's Liturgy Offering

Have you ever wondered what our young children do after trooping into the Presbytery with their catechists at the beginning of Mass? 

As you will have noticed, they are always led back into the church in time to take part in the Offertory. This part of the Mass is very important to the children, who are always eager to take a turn in carrying the bread and wine, as well as the collection and basket of gifts for the Lord's Larder. They also carry in a board displaying in words and pictures their interpretation of the story of the Gospel. The Offertory usually takes place after an interval of about 20 minutes, depending upon the length of Father's sermon!

It would be quite easy to conclude that this is the sum total of their activities, but this is not so. The children actually take part in a simplified form of the Liturgy, leading up to the Offertory. as summarised below. 

*We begin with a brief introduction to the Gospel story.

*Catechists and children make the Sign of the Cross.

*A candle is lit and then one of the children reads out a 'Sorry' prayer that they have chosen.  This  prayer is then repeated so that all the children can join in.

*We all sing the 'Alleluia' and say the Gospel acclamation.

*The Gospel is read out to the children.

*This is followed by questions and a short discussion to ensure that the children understand the Gospel message.

It's almost a year now since the Children's Liturgy was set up by Sarah Palmer. Since then she has continued to organise the rota for catechists, distributes resources and has always been open to suggestions for new ways of working with the children. Many of the catechists are parents of children in the parish and work in a small groups of three - four persons. They each make their contribution towards Children's Liturgy once a month. Yes. It is a commitment, but is one that is highly appreciated by the clergy, parents and the children themselves, who are the future of our parish.

If you would like any further information about Children's Liturgy or would like to join the team of catechists  then please contact Ros via