Children who have received the sacrament of First Holy Communion are encouraged to share in the ministry of Altar Serving. Full training is provided for children in the Church on days and at times set out by the Parish and Altar Servers are then rostered at their preferred Mass times. If you and your child is interested, please contact the parish office.
St Agatha’s boasts a vibrant and enthusiastic music ministry, with music at weekend Masses and special days throughout the year. Choir members sing at the 9.00am Sunday Mass. Choir practice is conducted in the weeks leading up to Easter and Christmas celebrations.
We warmly welcome new musicians and singers to be a part of the St Agatha’s Music Ministry, speak to any of the choir, musicians or contact the parish office for details.
The LifeTeen celebrations of the Eucharist at the 5.30 evening Mass on Sunday has its own music ministry and repertoire of songs.
Participating in the Readers’ ministry is a practical way for the laity of the Parish to actively engage in the Mass. Those who can speak well in public and would like to proclaim the Scriptures at Mass are encouraged to join this ministry. Training is provided for those seeking to participate in this important ministry. Readers are rostered at their preferred Mass approximately once per month.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word provides the opportunity for primary school aged children from Prep to Grade 4 to participate in their own Liturgy of the Word at Mass.
At St Agatha’s, Clayfield, Children’s Liturgy of the Word is celebrated during the 9.00 am Mass on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the school term. On the 2nd Sunday of each month we hold a Children’s Mass whereby the Parish children are invited to participate in various ministries. This is always followed by a morning tea. Please be sure to check the newsletter, as dates can occasionally change.
At the beginning of Mass, the priest will invite the children to gather at the foot of the altar to collect the Crucifix and Children’s Book of the Gospels. The priest will then say a short prayer and give the children his blessing before they exit the church with their leaders.
The Liturgy is celebrated in the sacristy located on the eastern side of the Altar. The children remain with their leaders and return at the time of the Offertory procession. The Liturgy begins with the leader lighting the candle, saying an opening prayer, followed by the Gospel using a child friendly translation. There is then discussion at an age appropriate level with links being made to their daily lives (Homily). This is complimented by the children completing an activity centred around the Gospel. If time permits the liturgy ends with a closing prayer and quiet reflection.
Pre-school aged children are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a parent or adult carer nominated by the parent.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is always looking for new members to join its dedicated team of volunteers. Team members are from varied backgrounds, and can be single, married, parents, or grand-parents.
The commitment consists of being placed on a roster for usually one session per term. Those new to the role are paired with a more experienced leader. Blue cards are organised through the Parish office. Our parish has implemented the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy.
If you share a love of the liturgy and wish to assist in the spiritual development of young school-aged children, you are invited to attend and observe any of the Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word sessions before committing to join the team.
For any further enquiries please contact the Parish office 3262 2859.