The Sacramental Programme for Confirmation and First Holy Communion is currently under review in this Diocese. Therefore once again, for this academic year (2018/19), 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?


Please use the registration link on this page to apply for a place on the programme

The closing date for applications is Thursday 20th September
(Any late applications may be considered on an individual basis)


We would ask that parents attend just one of the following meetings, where details of the programme will be presented

Friday 7th September, 2.45pm at Holy Cross & All Saints’ School

Tuesday 11th September, 2.45pm at St Gilbert’s School

Wednesday 12th September, 7.00pm in Holy Cross Church

Children do not need to attend the introductory meetings

Meetings should last about half an hour