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?



Parish of Holy Cross, St Matthew and St Gilbert

For the time being, we would simply ask that you continue to attend Mass regularly with your child. You will be given plenty of notice before any further meetings are organised, and we will contact individually those families requiring Baptism, and those whose children are in non-Catholic schools to arrange appropriate classes.


Parish of St Mary

The programme will be launched via meetings for parents/carers in St Mary's school and church. Please attend just one of these meetings, (Your children are not required to attend, but if you have any difficulty arranging childcare then you are welcome to bring them along). The meetings should only last about half an hour.

Thursday 18th October 2.45pm in St Mary's School


Thursday 18th October 7.00pm in St Mary's Church

Please use the link on this page to register your child for the programme 


Thank you for your support as our programme progresses