There were huge congregations at Barntown and Glynn Churches over the weekend as children from the parish brought the baby Jesus from their homes to Masses for blessing on 'Bambinelli Sunday'.
In a nice Christmas tradition children were delighted to play a big part in proceedings as they brought their figurines to be blessed before returning them to their cribs at home.
'The figurines of the baby Jesus from each home were blessed; decorations from Bethlehem were distributed and seasonal community celebrations were held in both the hall in Glynn and the school in Barntown,' said Fr John Carroll.
This is the third year of the celebration in the parish in what has become a lovely tradition for local families.
'Bambinelli Sunday affords the parish an opportunity to see the genuine depth of affection that exists in children and their families for the infant Jesus,' Fr Carroll said.
'Parents, grandparents and children come in big numbers to receive a blessing for their home and their families as they prepare for Christmas Day.'.
'It's a real intergenerational moment of reflection and warmth at local level. A celebration of both the beauty of the story of the incarnation and of modern family life where innocence is visible, childhood is applauded and home life is affirmed and thereby strengthened.'