Everyone is welcome to our church Saint Mary’s the Mount Catholic Church.
St Mary’s The Mount Roman Catholic Church
Walsall, WS1 3NX
Parish Priest: Father Justin
Phone: 01922 622633
• Saturday 6.00pm
• Sunday – 9.00am 11.00am 7.00pm
Please see church website for further information. - http://www.stmarysthemount.co.uk/
At St. Mary’s the Mount Catholic Primary School we are able to receive three Sacraments:
• The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Year 3
• First Holy Communion - Year 3
• Confirmation - Year 6
The programme for Sacramental preparation begins in Autumn 1. The children in Year 3 and Year 6 participate in a 'Mass of Commitment' at St. Mary’s the Mount Church. This enables the children and their families to make a clear symbol of commitment and dedication to the programme.
Year 3 take the Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children, usually around Lent.
All children in Year 3 are included in the celebration of the sacrament and our inclusive ethos ensures that those children who are not baptised Catholics are enabled to participate as fully as possible in supporting their classmates during the programme.
Year 3 take another step along their Faith Journey, by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a chance to say sorry to God for the things they have done that have hurt God, others and themselves. When God created man, in his image and likeness, he knew we would make wrong choices so he gave us the gift of Reconciliation so that we have the opportunity to put our wrongs, right and grow closer, to God; following in his ways.
Children in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The children prepare thoroughly for this Sacrament. The preparation takes place during RE lessons. The School and Parish Catechists also prepare the children at meetings on Monday evenings at St. Mary’s the Mount Church where they complete their ‘We celebrate the Eucharist’ (their Gold Book). Parents are also invited to meetings with Father Justin throughout the year.
A great emphasis is placed on the child and their family receiving the Sacrament together. The rest of the school and parish community support them by preparing and taking part in the special Masses.
During their final year at St. Mary’s, the children in Year 6 are prepared for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The preparation takes place during their RE lessons and they participate in three weekend retreat days at St. Mary’s Church throughout the year. Year 6 also spend a day on retreat with Dan Callow prior to making their Confirmation. The children have the opportunity of a three day retreat to Alton Castle. Here they learn to grow in faith whilst considering the role of the Disciple.
They are encouraged to select the name of a saint who has inspired them in some way. A sponsor is also chosen and has the role of supporting the child in their spiritual life.
The children are able to spend time with the Bishop, ensuring they are fully prepared and ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The evening itself is a very moving service but one of great celebration with children, parents, clergy, staff and members of the parish.
Year 6 children who are not making their Confirmation are encouraged to attend the service and sing as part of a choir.
If you are not Catholic but are interested in Baptising your child or would like to know more about the Catholic Faith please contact Fr Justin.