The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation, participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by the means of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper on the night Our Saviour was betrayed, he instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross through-out the ages and until he should come again; and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and Resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
Children are prepared to receive Communion through the First Holy Communion and Reconciliation course.
Adults are prepared through the RCIA course.
First Holy Communion and First Confession
Preparation for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation runs annually at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, from September until June. Children who have been baptised in the Catholic faith and are currently in school in Year 3 and above.
The programme is open to ALL children who will be 8 or above on 31 August 2022 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”
If you want to register for the next course please download ALL the forms and once completed please return the enrolment form to the parish office by 31st October 2021. Thank you:
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
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)