Children's Sacramental Preparation
For more information contact: Father John Rice (parish priest) - 01747 852125
Confession & First Holy Communion
When children reach ‘the age of reason’, i.e. about 7, they are usually considered ready to receive the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. Before they receive the sacraments for the first time, they need to learn the meaning and significance of each sacrament and to help with this we run a year-long sacramental preparation program. In a small rural parish like ours we are able to offer intimate and friendly meetings that also help the children get to know other children in the parish.
Receiving the sacraments worthily involves a living faith, manifested by regular attendance at Sunday Mass. We therefore only admit children to prepare for these sacraments if they have been attending Sunday Mass for some months before the start of the Autumn program. If you are interested in having your child prepared for the sacraments please let us know.
Confirmation completes the gift of the Holy Spirit given in Baptism, and in our Diocese it is administered to teenagers. As with First Confession and First Holy Communion, our Confirmation program starts in the Autumn so that the candidates are
ready in time to be Confirmed during Eastertide. We use the new 'Transformed in Christ' Confirmation course.
For information about catechesis offered to older children see our youth group page
Children and the Liturgy
Our parish makes a conscious effort to involve children in the liturgy. We do this in a number of ways, including:
Having children take the collection and bring up the offertory at the 11am Sunday Mass
Having children serve at Mass in the sanctuary
Having children read the Scripture readings and intercessions at the 11am Mass on the first Sunday of the month
Having children carry in and light the Advent wreath (during Advent!)
Children's Liturgy of the Word:
Children aged 3-7 start the 11am Mass in the dining room at the back of the church hall. During the first part of the Mass they have their own liturgy, with singing, prayers & readings, and often draw pictures of the Scripture readings of the day. The children re-join the rest of the congregation at the offertory procession.
Activities for Children
We also have other activities involving the children during the year, including:
Shortly before Christmas the children gather to make flower decorations for the Crib
There is a Family Carol Service the week before Christmas
There is a party organised for the children in the New Year, generally towards the end of the Christmas holidays
See some photos and a description of a previous party here and here
Child Protection & Safeguarding
St Edward's is part of the Diocese of Plymouth and as such adheres to CSAS safeguarding policies (CSAS: Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service). If you have any concerns about any safeguarding issues with children then please contact our parish safeguarding rep whose details are on the 'contact us' section of this website