The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation, participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by the means of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper on the night Our Saviour was betrayed, he instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages and until he should come again; and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace and a pledge of future glory is given to us. Children are prepared to receive Communion through the the First Hoy Communion and Reconciliation course. Adults are prepared through the RCIA course.

First Holy Communion and Reconciliation
Children who have been baptised in the Catholic faith and are currently in school class Year 4 and above are invited to prepare for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Reconciliation. Preparation for First Holy Communion 2019 will commence on the 10th Janaury at 4.15pm in the Apostle Room. The team, comprising Canon Bosco, Louise White, Teddy Brady and Mary Manners, will guide the children during an important time in their faith. The course is based on the book 'I Belong'. It not only teaches and prepares the children but it also offers the opportunity for parents to attend five separate sessions (led by Paul Hill, who also leads the RCIA Group) when they will be informed of what their children are being taught during the six months leading up to their First Holy Communion. The sessions for the parents will be at 4.15pm in the James Room.

The children learn about the gifts God has given to the world through creation, baptism and Bible stories. They will be asked to find out the significance of why things are said and done during Mass, which makes it more meaningful for them. The children will have the opportunity to experience and learn through creative and drama activities during the preparation. The catechists not only provide a spiritual experience but an enjoyable and memorable time during the children’s preparation for their special day.

“If I was worried I could talk to one of the grown ups and they always helped me”

“I didn’t know anyone and was nervous but the teachers helped me to make friends and I was never on my own”

“The teachers always showed me what to do so I wasn’t worried about anything”

 
First Holy Communion Programme 2019

January 10th: In the Name of the Father and Lord, have Mercy – Penitential Rites Introductory talk to parents in James Room

13th: Enrolment Mass – Presentation of Books at 9.30am Mass

17th: In the Name of the Father and Lord Have Mercy (Penitential Rites)

24th: Celebrating our Rescue (Reconciliation) Parents Session 1

31st: God helps me get it Right (Reconciliation)

February 7th: Glory to God in the Highest Parents Session 2

14th: The Word of the Lord (Liturgy of the Word) Parents Session 3

---(Half term)---

28th: Bread to Offer (Liturgy of the Eucharist)

March 3rd: Presentation of Bibles at 9.30am Mass

7th: Fruit of the Vine

14th: Do this in Memory of Me Parents Session 4

21st: Body of Christ

---(Easter Break)---

April 19th: Good Friday – Stations of the Cross

25th: To Love and to Serve (Concluding Rite) Parents Session 5

28th: Presentation of Crosses at 9.30am Mass

May 2nd: Reconciliation (Reflect before taking their First Confession during May)

9th: Gift of Mass / Tour (Briefing/any questions parents may have in Apostle Room) 

---(Half-term)---

June 13th: Full Rehearsal

20th: Full Rehearsal

22nd: First Holy Communion Day at 10.30am

30th: Presentation of Certificates at 9.30am Mass