1. What date is Ash Wednesday this year?: 5th March.


2. How many Sundays are there in Lent? 6.


3. What day of the week is the Feast of St. Joseph this year? Wednesday.


4. What is the season of Lent for? Lent is a time to grow and change through prayer, fasting and almsgiving to prepare for Easter.


5. What date is Palm Sunday this year? 13th April.


6. What do we celebrate at the end of the Lenten season? The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.


At Mass we listen to the Word of God

The text of this Sunday’s Gospel is given here to help children complete the picture on page 54 of “Thumb”.

Sunday 9th February 2014 – A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew (5:13-16)


‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

 ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.’






Coming this Advent: The Jesse Tree!


Jesse Tree “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse

                                                  and from his roots a bud shall blossom” (Isaiah 11:17)


This text inspired an American nun in 1949 to develop the family tree theme into the Jesse Tree – Jesse was the father of David, an ancestor of Jesus. The Jesse tree is decorated with symbols of Jesus’ ancestors and events in their lives, as recorded in the Bible. As Catholics, we are invited to believe that all of these found their fulfilment in Jesus Christ.


This Advent, we’ll have a Jesse tree in both Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Patrick’s Churches. These will be decorated by some of our P4 pupils. They will colour in the images that go on the tree and a ‘Book of Images’ will be placed beside each tree. The tree ‘takes root’ on December 1st and remains in the church until Christmas Eve.


The simplest images are the most effective. Starting at the base of the tree we place symbols of creation and as the days and weeks go by other symbols are added, representing God’s loving care of His chosen people and their deliverance from bondage.


The Jesse tree is a celebration of the family tree of Jesus Christ, prepared in Advent and enjoyed at Christmas.

Explore our parish Jesse Tree by clicking here!

(Adapted from ‘Celebrating the Season of Advent’, edited by Eltin Griffin, O. Carm, Columba Press, 2004)





 Thumb-Magazine We Gather Together

This activity is not in Thumb and will help you learn the names of the different items we use at Mass. You will get the activity sheet the next time Damien visits your class – so don’t forget to ask him for it 🙂


Every week, we gather together in the church to celebrate Mass. The Church is a special place, and there are many special things in it. Here are some of them:


DSC 0018This is the ambo. The Word of God is proclaimed from here.


DSC 0020This is the priest’s chair. He sits here during certain parts of the Mass.


DSC 0022This is the altar. It’s where the priest prays most of the Mass from.


DSC 0024This is a crucifix. It shows Jesus on the Cross. There is also a smaller one on the altar.


DSC 0027This is the tabernacle. It is a special place where some Holy Communion is kept.


DSC 0028This is a candle. There are usually two of these on the altar.


DSC 0029This is the sanctuary lamp. It glows red and shows that Jesus is present.


DSC 0031This is a Station of the Cross. There are 14 of these showing different parts of the days before Jesus died.


DSC 0032This is the Paschal Candle. It is used at Easter to show that Jesus rose from the dead and is the Light for the world. It is also used at Baptism, funerals and ‘Do This in Memory’ Masses.


DSC 0035This is a statue of Mary. Mary is important to us as she is the mother of Jesus.


(Adapted from ‘Come, Gather and Celebrate: Praying the New Missal with Children: First and Second Class / Primary 3 and 4’; Maeve Mahon and Elaine Mahon; Veritas, 2011). Photographs are from St. Patrick’s Church, Castledawson.



Thumb Activity on Vestments

So what does the priest wear at Mass? Why the different colours? Your THUMB book has an activity on this so here are some pictures to help you colour in the pictures in THUMB.


What does a priest wear?

For Mass, the priest will wear at least these 3 things over his usual clothes – an alb, a stole and a chasuble. The picture below shows you what these look like on a priest.



The alb goes on first, then the stole is worn around the neck and drops down and the chasuble is the last thing that goes on. The priest wears the chasuble over the alb and the stole.


The Colours

Did you notice that the stole and the chasuble are the same colour? They always match!

What colour the priest wears depends on the day or the season. The Church has a special calendar and it has seasons like Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time. Each of these has its own special colour. The special calendar also has special days and sometimes we remember special people on these days, like Mary, the saints, our national saint and so on.

The picture below shows the 4 main colours that a priest can wear. Remember the stole and the chasuble always match!




Green: Used during the season called Ordinary Time. This season focuses on the three years that Jesus travelled around teaching and working miracles. Green reminds us of hope and life, just as the hint of green on trees in early Spring reminds us that the new trees and plants are coming.


Purple / Violet: Used during Advent and Lent. These are seasons when we get ready for big celebrations of the life of Jesus – Advent helps us get ready for Christmas and Lent helps us get ready for Easter. Purple is also used at a funeral Mass when we celebrate the life of Jesus and the life of someone who has died.


Red: Used to celebrate how Jesus gave us His Blood so that we could live forever. It’s used on Palm Sunday (when Jesus came to Jerusalem to prepare for His death) and on Good Friday (when Jesus died on the Cross). It is also used on days when we remember special people who died because they believed in Jesus and wouldn’t pretend that they didn’t believe in Him. We call these people ‘martyrs’.

Red also reminds us of how much God loves us. It is also used when we celebrate in a special way the Holy Spirit. So red vestments are also worn on Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came onto the apostles and tongues of fire rested on their heads; for the celebration of Confirmation.


White: Used for the seasons of Christmas and Easter, the most happy times in the Church calendar. White is also used on special days when we remember with joy Jesus, Mary and other holy people like the saints.


So now you know what the priest wears and why the colours change. Here’s a hint when you’re colouring in your THUMB book – make sure you use the same colour for the stole and chasuble 🙂






















Child Safeguarding Information

Our parish values and encourages the participation of children and young people in all parish activities that will help their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development.

The parish recognises the dignity and rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and well being at all times.

The parish recognises that all involved in working with children have a special duty of care towards them. There are procedures and a code of practice in place to implement this policy.

We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

  • The parish has two contact people. All concerns and/or complaints can be brought to them for immediate attention.
  • The parish contact people will respond promptly to all concerns and report to the Diocesan designated person.
  • All concerns and/or complaints will be followed through in a timely and efficient manner.

    The parish contacts who can be reached with regard to any concerns relating to the welfare of children and young people involved in parish based activities are:

    Roisin Scullion, 077 4287 1493

    John McLaughlin, (028) 7963 3089