The parish Sacramental Programme in preparation for First Holy Communion is geared to children in Year 3 in Primary School (though older children who have missed the programme when they were in Year 3 are still welcome to join). Until a few years ago this had been combined with preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, but this is no longer the case and Confirmation is now being prepared separately at a slightly older age.

This First Communion 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?



We are now inviting parents and carers of children in Year 3 in our parish (and of older children who for any reason have missed out in previous years) to attend any one of five introductory meetings in preparation for a new Sacramental Programme year, working towards the Sacraments of Reconciliation (during Lent) and First Holy Communion in summer 2020. Details of the programme will be presented at each meeting, and the registration form will be made available via the link on this page as soon as these meetings have begun. We look forward to seeing you and your children at Mass.

The scheduled meetings are as follows - again, we only ask you to attend one of the meetings. (The children are not required to attend, but if you have problems arranging child care you are welcome to bring them along with you).

  • 2.45pm on Tuesday 10th September at Holy Cross and All Saints' School
  • 2.45pm on Wednesday 11th September at St Gilbert's School
  • 2.45pm on Thursday 12th September at St Mary's School
  • 6.00pm on Tuesday 17th September at St Mary’s Church 
  • 6.00pm on Thursday 19th September at Holy Cross Church.



Congratulations to all the children who have now completed their journey, and have celebrated Holy Communion for the first time. We hope they will continue to be a part of our parish family, and are welcoming applicants for the Altar Serving teams, the choirs, the welcomers and various other ways in which they can become more deeply involved at either of our churches. Their continued presence will, of course, be a support to their younger peers now embarking upon the same journey.

Group Photos are available to order from the church.

Thank you for all your support throughout the programme.

Please continue to keep all the children and their families in your prayers.