Holy Family Parish
Holy Family Parish is based in North Belfast and consists of two churches, Holy Family Church in Newington and St Therese’s of Lisieux Church on the Somerton Road. It is a lively and youth filled parish with plenty going on for young people of all ages. There is Holy Family Primary School which has recently celebrated its centenary, Holy Family Youth Centre which has a full programme for young people of all ages and a number of secondary schools all which run faith development and social awareness projects.
Holy Family Parish has recently started training leaders to deliver the GIFT 1 programme in the upcoming months. This programme will involve them inviting the year 8 pupils who made their confirmation last year back to the parish to Grow In Faith Together (GIFT). This will give the young people the opportunity for parish involvement and to share in their faith with friends from primary school. This will be done through a fun filled interactive programme which is being rolled out through many parishes in the rest of the diocese.
There are two folk groups within the parish that are well attended and have a lot of youth representation. Both folk groups have young people from secondary school age and upwards who are involved in singing and playing in the groups, with some of them using the contribution to their parish folk group as part of their Pope John Paul II award.
There is also an Altar Servers group which is run by Deacon Andrew Black. There has recently been a new group of servers trained up and as part of this they have monthly meetings. This entails having some time to learn about their faith together and even just getting time to have fellowship with one another, including cinema nights, arts days and other events. Andrew Black is also involved in the development of an Altar Servers programme for the rest of the diocese.