Children from Kindergarten to those who have not yet received First Holy Communion are invited to take part in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 11:00 Mass through the school year. After the opening prayer at Mass the celebrant will invite the children to leave with the catechist and an assistant. They return to the assembly following the Presentation of the Gifts. CLW is held in the hall on the stage. Children listen to the same Mass readings on a child’s level. The catechist leader educates the children through discussion, role playing or activity. Adult volunteers are welcome as assistants and catechists. Contact Nora McDonough at 215-357-3445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Faith Journey meetings are held once a month the year following reception of new and fully initiated members of Assumption Parish through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The purpose as stated in the name is to continue to explain and experience the Catholic Faith through the rituals and celebrations of the liturgical year while further expanding topics introduced during the RCIA process. The monthly gatherings also offer the opportunity to explore current church issues or just time to share the ongoing faith journey of each new member. The Holy Spirit is truly alive and active in this new group of fully initiated Catholics! For more information, contact Deacon Eric at 215-357-1221, ext. 24, or email email@example.com.
Expectant or new parents register for a child’s baptism by calling the parish office with the necessary information. Parents will receive a letter explaining the program with dates of upcoming Meet and Greet/class gatherings. Eligibility forms for godparents will also be enclosed.
Fr. Mike, Deacon Bob, or Deacon Eric present to “Meet and Greet” gatherings, and explain the meaning of each part of the ritual during the celebration of the sacrament. The second part of each gathering is led by couples who cover living out the call to plant and nourish the seeds of faith by suggesting ways to bring religion into the home and make it a part of everyday family life. Our wonderful team of couples become a great source of information to expectant or new parents in the weeks and months ahead.
Baptisms are celebrated the first and third Sundays of each month at 12:15 p.m. They may also be scheduled to be celebrated during a weekend Mass. Please contact the rectory for more information at 215-357-1221.
The Pre-Cana Team is composed of married couples from the parish. Each March the team presents a Pre-Cana Day on a Saturday for couples engaged to be married within the upcoming year. Topics include Communications, Intimacy/Sexuality, Adjustments and Spirituality. The team is under the direction of Deacon Bob Stewart who may be contacted at 215-357-1221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children with special needs such that placement in the regular PREP Program is not appropriate to attend, a special class is offered on Saturday mornings twice a month. This is a group program with one on one assistance to address the individual pace and disability of each child. For more information on this program, contact Chantelle SanJuan at email: email@example.com.