Childrens Liturgy of the Word
Each Sunday, at the 12 oclock Mass, primary children are invited to begin their celebration of the Mass in the Meeting Room behind the Altar. There, the children celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in a manner appropriate to their level of understanding. All primary children are invited, from P1 to P7.
There are 12 adult leaders (working in teams of three) who each take it in turn to prepare the Childrens Liturgy. If you would like more information, or would like to offer your services, please see the parish priest
In St Brigids we are very proud of our large team of altar servers, boys and girls. Youll find photographs of them in our photo album. We usually have about 30 servers at any one time. Once a year, around the end of August new members are invited to join. The children in Motherwell Diocese receive their first Communion in P4. No-one is allowed to join the St Brigids Altar Servers until after they have received their first Communion. Many of the youngsters continue to serve on the altar during their first few years at St Aidans High School.
The children take their duties as servers very seriously, and are a credit to their parents and families.
Our Ministers of the Word proclaim the Word of God at all Masses in St Brigids. They also announce the Prayers of the Faithful at Sunday Masses. We currently have about 20 readers for Sundays including now some of the younger members of our Parish Community, and another half dozen for weekday Masses. We are delighted to have them, but would always welcome more. Indeed, the more the merrier! Lorraine Cunningham is responsible for organising the Readers Rota.
Ministers of the Eucharist
St Brigids currently has 15 Ministers of the Eucharist As well as helping to distribute Holy Communion at the Sunday Masses, our Eucharistic Ministers take Communion to the sick and housebound in their homes and in Murdostoun Castle and Morningside Care Home. This ministry is appreciated by all who are unable to be present at Sunday Mass, but who - through the services of our ministers - are united to the congregation in the Church.
We currently need more volunteers to assist in the precious ministry of bringing Holy Communion to the Housebound.
Of all the liturgical Parish Groups, none have a more varied function or role than that of our Passkeepers. This small team of men (and thankfully, more recently, also women) are involved in all celebrations and Services in St Brigids. We are always on the lookout for new recruits; anyone aged 18 or over who would like to offer their services should speak to the parish priest, or to any of the Passkeepers.
Our RCIA Group (R.C.I.A. = Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) was established in 1997 under the guidance of our Pastoral Assistant, Sr Maria Goretti. Each year the Group helps prepare adults for reception into and membership of the Church. Since our RCIA Group was first established until 2002 they have journeyed with and welcomed over 40 new members into the Church.
For more information on how to become a Catholic click here.