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October Mass Resource Page

Preparing for the Mass

Each month we will publish a resource page to support you in preparation for the Mass. In each one we will provide the following:

  1. The theme we propose
  2. The chapters of the resource book that the Mass theme will be developed around.
  3. The Gospel that will be used on the Sunday
  4. Any specific prayers that will be used in the Mass, other than those on the Missalette
  5. An explanation of any specific resources etc. that will be used at the Mass
  6. Suggestions for conversation in the week ahead of the Mass
  7. Suggestions for a prayer after the Mass

1. Theme

This Sunday, the 20th October 2019, is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  There are 33 Sundays designated as Ordinary Time in the year, the remaining 19 Sundays occur during Advent, Lent and Easter.

The theme we will take for the Mass is:

We are part of one family, God’s family. We gather to celebrate this relationship when we come to Mass.


2. Chapter of the Resource Book

Refer to chapter 1 and 2 of the resource book, Preparing for First Holy Communion; A Guide for Families.

Chapter Communion


We are Part of One Family, God’s Family


We Gather Together to Celebrate

Read chapters one and two and complete the activities. Use this as an opportunity to talk about why you are bringing them to prepare for First Communion and preparing for the Masses.


 3. Gospel of the Mass

Luke 18:1-8 International Children’s Bible (ICB) Taken from the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Luke.

This version is from the International Children’s Bible – copied from www.biblegateway.com

Theme: God Will Answer His People

18 Then Jesus used this story to teach his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. “Once there was a judge in a town. He did not care about God. He also did not care what people thought about him. In that same town there was a widow who kept coming to this judge. She said, ‘There is a man who is not being fair to me. Give me my rights!’ But the judge did not want to help the widow. After a long time, he thought to himself, ‘I don’t care about God. And I don’t care about what people think. But this widow is bothering me. I will see that she gets her rights, or she will bother me until I am worn out!’”

The Lord said, “Listen to what the bad judge said. God’s people cry to him night and day. God will always give them what is right, and he will not be slow to answer them. I tell you, God will help his people quickly! But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?”


 4. Specific Prayer at the Mass

As a way of linking this Sacrament back to the child’s Baptism we will use a format of renewal of Baptismal Promises at the Mass in place of the Creed.


These are the promises taken by a family when the child is Baptised. It is appropriate, when starting out on this part of your child’s faith journey that we look back at the promises taken.


The entire community will be invited to renew their Baptismal promises at the same time.


Renewal of Baptismal Promises:

Do you reject what is evil in life?

Candidates: I do


Do you reject the selfishness of sin that makes unhappiness?

Candidates: I do


Do you promise to make a better world free of injustice and oppression?

Candidates: I do.


Do you believe that God is Abba Father who loves all that he creates?

Candidates: I do.


Do you believe that God is Son who loves our humanity in it’s weakness?

Candidates: I do. 


Do you believe that God is Spirit of love, life and joy that empowers the human heart and pervades all creation?

Candidates: I do.


Fr. John: This is our faith.  This is the faith of God’s people.  We are happy to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Candidates: Amen.


5. An explanation of any specific resources that will be used at the Mass

There are no specific resources being used on this weekend.

6. Suggestions for conversation in the week ahead of the Mass

Have a conversation about your child’s Baptism with them.

  • Why did you choose the name you chose for them?
  • Why did you choose the people you chose as their God Parents?
  • Who was at their Baptism?
  • Look at the photos of the day.
  • Put a photo form their Baptism into the resource book and also include a photo of them now.



Light their Baptism candle at a meal around the time of this Mass, either in advance of it or after it or at both times.  If you don’t have a specific Baptism candle for your child, but an ordinary candle and use it as a candle that will be for specific celebrations relating to this preparation time.

7. Suggestions for prayer

You could use the following prayer at the next time you are gathering together following on from the Mass on the 20th.

Loving God,

We thank you for the gift of our children,

                who bring so much love and light into our lives.

We thank you for the opportunity to gather as your people, a people on a journey together.

Help us now as we come together to learn more about your presence in the Eucharist.

May our celebration of Eucharist in our families bring us closer to you,

and to one another.

We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord.



Use the PJ prayer in chapter 2 of the book as a night prayer on the night of Sunday 20th.


Use a prayer of Grace before Meals that you child has learned in school.


Bless us, O God, as we sit together,

Bless the food we eat today,

Bless the hands that made the food,

Bless us, O God.