LAUNCHING FAMILY CATECHESIS
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Pupils from De La Salle School, St Helens, are helping with the launch of a new programme of Family Catechesis.
From Saturday 11 June, through to Sunday 19 June there will be celebrations throughout the Archdiocese of Liverpool as a new programme of Family Catechesis is launched. The programme is a vital part of the restoration of the traditional order of the Sacraments of Initiation which is about to take place in the coming year, which includes conferring Confirmation at a much younger age before First Holy Communion.
Pictures from the launch can be found on the Archdiocesn Photostream
Events taking place will include: minibuses parking in public spaces with information, to raise awareness; celebratory Flower Festivals held in many parishes to highlight the Sacraments of Initiation with displays at the font, with the Holy Oils and at the tabernacle. Parish schools are also being asked to hold competitions to design artwork for use in the Flower Festivals.
Priests and teachers will be meeting to look at introducing the changes in parishes and schools while special prayer services will be held so that people can pray for families and children in their parish and Pastoral Area. Catechists and deacons will be able to see examples of Family Catechesis in action and explore a new resource for Baptism.
Saturday 11 June, the eve of the Feast of Pentecost, will see minibuses travelling throughout the Archdiocese distributing prayer cards, and gifts reflecting the theme of the week. Local Church contact information will also be provided.
On Pentecost Sunday, 12 June, Masses will be celebrated in parishes to launch the week. Archbishop Patrick Kelly will preside at a Solemn Mass of Confirmation at 11.00 am in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
In the afternoon there will be a celebration of Evening Prayer in the Cathedral giving an opportunity for people to welcome Ged Callacher, Liam Collister, Paul O’Grady and Joe Kendall who will have been ordained deacon at Ushaw College on the preceding day. The prayer will again mark the beginning of the launch week of the revision of the pattern of preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation for children and young people.
In-Service days for teachers will be held throughout the following week. Special evening discussions will be held for Clergy and catechists at which they will be able to observe practical examples of Family Catechesis before an open discussion session. On Tuesday 14 June these will be in Leyland, Blundellsands and Liverpool and on Wednesday 15 June in Central Liverpool, Woolton and Warrington. On Thursday evening, 16 June, ‘A new resource for Baptism’ will be launched at two venues: the Liverpool Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation and St Teresa’s, Upholland.
Saturday 18 June will see an ‘Inspiration Day’ held in the Crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This will offer encouragement and insight into how to evangelise and support families. There will be prayer, and the guest speaker will be David Quinn, Director of the Iona Institute in Ireland, and a journalist specialising in religious and social affairs and how they affect the family. In addition there will be workshops and information stalls reflecting issues surrounding Family catechesis.