In the Eucharist (our act of thanksgiving to God) we receive Christ Himself. For all of us, it is obviously important that we are properly prepared and approach the sacrament with the correct disposition. The day of our First Holy Communion should be one of the most memorable and joyful days of our life.
At what point do we receive our First Holy Communion?
Children must be baptised and capable of understanding the fact that they are receiving not ordinary food but the Body and Blood of Christ, and can receive the sacrament with reverence. Normally, First Holy Communion is made when the children are in Year 3 at school or aged 7 and over.
Please note: If an older person has not made their First Holy Communion and wishes to do so, it might, depending upon their age, be appropriate for them to join those preparing for Confirmation or reception into the Catholic Church.
We are conscious that none of us are worthy of so great a gift, yet we must be prepared as well as possible to receive Christ in the Eucharist. This includes receiving forgiveness in the sacrament of Confession for our sins, for anything that separates us from Christ and His Church. By the age the children make their First Holy Communion, they know the difference between right and wrong; they are capable of taking responsibility for their own actions. Therefore, they make their First Confession before making their First Holy Communion and are prepared for this as part of the programme.
The children are in the main prepared by catechists, parishioners who have a great love for the Eucharist and who wish to pass on their love and understanding to the next generation of Catholics. The family, the school and the priest also have an important role to play in preparing the children. Of course, the celebration of the sacrament will mean more to the children if they are coming regularly to Mass and the faith is a central part of their family life.
For the school academic year 2021/22, year 3 and above will have the opportunity for their First Holy Communion in late spring/early summer 2022.
In November 2021 this programme will be advertised within the parish newsletter and webpages, for parents with children of the appropriate age to apply.
If your child was aiming to do their First Holy Communion in June 2020 or 2021, please see the following information.
First Holy Communion September 2021
First Holy Communion dates for 2021 and children aged 7 years and over.
Due to this past year and not able to welcome our younger parishioners to celebrate their First Holy Communion, we have decided that our next class will be in September 2021. The classes will take place on a Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 on the following dates, taking into account the October half term.
Children must firstly be prepared for and received their first Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. The first three Saturday morning will complete this first part
25.09.21. 02.10.21 09.10.21. including Sacrament of penance
Dates for the preparation of First Holy Communion in receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist are
30.10.21 06.11.21 13.11.21 14.11.21 Sunday Mass and First Holy Communion service
If you would like your child who is in Year 3 or 7 years and above to receive this Sacrament, please speak to Fr Paul.