Children and young people walking through Holy Week 2018

From Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday, Holy Family Parishioners were blessed to be accompanied by the youngest of the parish.

Led at the start of the week by rather ‘reluctant’ donkeys from the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary on Palm Sunday, they came together again on Good Friday. The Confirmation group guided the youngest of our community through the Stations of the Cross in a truly moving and prayerful way of the cross.

On Saturday morning the church welcomed many Polish families who brought their Easter breakfasts to be blessed by Fr. Philip. They were then invited to hang Easter eggs onto bare branches and bring the display back to life, to symbolically represent the journey of Jesus through death to life.

So many children accompanied their families on Easter Sunday that they were sitting on the carpet in front of the sanctuary to enable as many people as possible to get into the church! After the children’s liturgy they returned and sang Happy Birthday to a surprised Fr. Philip who was celebrating his birthday on Easter Day.

We are truly blessed to have so many young people in our parish.