The Sacramental Programme for Confirmation and First Holy Communion is currently under review in this Diocese. Therefore once again, for this academic year (2017/18), 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 are still welcome to join).

The programme, (which will also bring the children to the Sacrament of First Reconciliation), begins 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?

The closing date for applications for the 2017/18 programme has now passed.

KEY INFORMATION FOR THE ONGOING 2017/18 PROGRAMME

The programme of preparation continues through the children's regular attendance at Mass on Sundays (or at the Saturday Vigil Masses).

KEY DATES FOR 2018

Meeting for Parents and Children - thank you to all who attended 
Thursday 1st February, 7.00pm at Holy Cross Church
CLICK HERE for a copy of the notes which were distributed at the meeting

Class for children attending non-Catholic schools
Saturday 10th February, 2.30pm at Holy Cross Community Hall

Class for children attending non-Catholic schools
Saturday 24th February, 2.30pm at Holy Cross Community Hall

Meeting to prepare for First Reconciliation (Parents and Children)
Wednesday 28th February, 7.00pm at Holy Cross Church

CLICK HERE for a copy of the notes which were distributed at the meeting

First Reconciliation
Choice of:
Wednesday 7th March, 7.00pm at Holy Cross Church OR
Tuesday 13th March, 7.00pm at Holy Cross Church
These have now taken place - thank you for your support

Class for children attending non-Catholic schools
Saturday 7th March, 2.30pm at Holy Cross Community Hall

*** Meeting in preparation for First Holy Communion ***
Wednesday 16th May, 6.30pm at Holy Cross Church
This important meeting is for all parents and children

Class for children attanding non-Catholic schools
Saturday 26th May, 2.30pm at Holy Cross Community Hall

Class for children attending non-Catholic schools
Saturday 9th June, 2.30pm at Holy Cross Community Hall

First Holy Communion Masses
Choice of:
Saturday 9th June, 6.30pm Mass at Holy Cross OR
Sunday 10th June, 9.00am Mass at St Matthew's OR
Sunday 17th June, 10.30am Mass at Holy Cross
Dates have now been allocated

Mass with Presentation of Certificates
Date still to be arranged

Do, please keep in touch, and let us know of any difficulties as we go along.