The Sacramental Programme for Confirmation and First Holy Communion is currently under review in this Diocese. Therefore, for this academic year (2016/17), there is only a programme of preparation for First Holy Communion, and it is geared to Year 3 in Primary School (though older children who have missed the programme when they were in Year 3 were still welcome to join).
The programme, (which will also bring the children to the Sacrament of First Reconciliation), began with meetings for parents, but the most important aspect is not special meetings, events or courses for the children - it is simply about growing in their sense of belonging to the church family. Most of the preparation will be covered in the context of Sunday Mass (or Saturday evening if this is easier). After all, when the children receive Holy Communion for the first time, they are, in effect, saying "Now I'm fully a part of this community, this Family of God!" What could mean more now, than simply growing accustomed to regular involvement in the Mass and really gaining that sense, with family and friends in prayer and worship, that they genuinely do belong?
LOOKING BACK ON THE KEY DATES FROM 2017
1. MEETING FOR PARENTS
Wednesday 25th January, 7.00pm at Holy Cross
(Updates and allocation of First Communion places)
2. BAPTISMS (for those children yet to be Baptised)
Sunday 12th February, 10.30am Mass at Holy Cross
3. MEETING FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Wednesday 8th March, 7.00pm at Holy Cross
(Preparing for First Reconciliation)
4. FIRST RECONCILIATION SERVICES
Either: Tuesday 14th March, 7.00pm at Holy Cross
or: Wednesday 22nd March, 7.00pm at Holy Cross
5. MEETING FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Wednesday 24th May, 7.00pm at Holy Cross
(Preparing for First Holy Communion)
6. FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES
Either: Saturday 17th June, 6.30pm Mass at Holy Cross
or: Sunday 18th June, 9.00am Mass at St Matthew’s
or: Sunday 25th June, 10.30am Mass at Holy Cross
or: Sunday 25th June, 2.00pm Mass at Holy Cross
7. PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES
Saturday/Sunday, 15th/16th July at all Masses
The formal programme is now complete for this year. Thank you for all your support and the many kind comments that have been made. (We woould, of course, welcome any further comments which might help us do better next year). We hope we will continue to see you and your family at the church, and will continue to invite those children who wish to come forward to the front benches so they might feel more involved in the Mass. Any whose children would now like to join our team of Altar Servers or sing in the choirs etc, please speak to Fr Martin after Mass and arrangements can easily be made.
First Communion photographs are now available to view and order at the back of either church.