- The programme is open to ALL children who will be 8 or above on 31st August 2018 and who have been baptised and attend mass regularly.
- Attendance at the sessions and mass are compulsory.
- The course will follow a scheme called “I Belong”
- Once the course has started there will be no late admissions.
If you want to register for the 2018/2019 course please download the form, FHC enrolment form 2018 – 2019. Once completed please send it to the parish office. I hope that the First Holy Communion Mass will be a memorable one for the children, parents and the parish community. In the First Holy Communion Programme, catechists and parents help children to prepare to receive the body and blood of Our Lord in Holy Communion. They also prepare the children for their First Confession. The First Holy Communion sessions take place according to the schedule of dates FHC (2018-19) Dates. As with all sacramental programmes there is a hope/expectation that the candidate will continue in his/her faith. As the course will take place after the Sunday morning mass between 11.45 am and 12.30 pm, a requirement will be that any child admitted to the First Communion Programme should attend one of the masses for Sunday (each week) along with a parent or guardian. If you attend mass in another church or a different time you will be required to get your attendance card signed and dated from the church that you attended.This year, we will continue providing a number of sessions which parents, as primary catechists, will be asked to attend, to ensure that they can help their children, to understand more clearly what is happening within the mass. They will also have an opportunity to reflect and share their faith and their questions, a sentiment Pope Francis and Bishop Declan has reiterated many times.
“Reflection on the faith will have to be intensified, so as to help all believers in Christ to acquire a more conscious and vigorous adherence to the Gospel, especially at a time of profound change such as humanity is currently experiencing.”
(Porta fidei, paragraph 8)