Sacramental Preparation

Welcome to Sacramental Preparation:

Dear Year 3 Parents,

In the light of the uncertainties and restrictions that we are all living through at this time, I am afraid I must advise you that the practice to date of inviting children in Year 3 from the School to prepare for their First Confession and Holy Communion here at Holy Family will no longer be possible, and that, as such, only those who reside within the Parish boundary, or have, to date habitually worshipped here and registered as Parishioners will be able to do so.  Unless, therefore, you meet one or more of these criteria I regret that I must ask you to contact the Parish in which you reside to join their Programme of Preparation.  I only mention this now, as I am conscious that some Parishes may already be inviting children to come forward to join their Programmes for 2021, and I would hate you to delay in approaching them and find that they have already closed their intake.

I am advised by the Designated Diocesan COVID-19 Health & Safety person that face-to-face classes for the purpose of Catechesis can resume from 12th April providing the Governmental Roadmap out of “Lockdown” keeps on track.  With this proviso I propose to begin the First Sacraments Programme with a Beginnings Mass on Sunday 25th April at 11.15am.  With the first children’s class beginning on Tuesday 27th April at 6pm. in the church.  Please collect an Application pack from me after one of the Weekend Masses.  Please book for these Masses via the Parish Microsite parish.rcdow.org.uk/actonwest

THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 18th April, 2021.

Classes for those children from Year 4 who still need to complete the Programme of Preparation for their First Holy Communion will begin on Tuesday 7th September and their parents will be asked to attend the Parents only Meeting along with the Year 3 parents on the evening before at 7.30pm. in church.  Obviously, as with the Year 3 classes, all arrangements are dependent on the Government Roadmap out of “Lockdown” going to plan and in the absence of the need for a further “Lockdown.”  I will communicate with the parents of the children from year 4 that I have on record as being in this position to remind them of arrangements in due course, in the meantime if they would just like to email me to confirm that their child is still intent upon making their First Holy Communion here at Holy Family Church.  The Year 4  children to whom this applies should resume their Weekend attendance at Mass as soon as possible, please book for these Masses via the Parish Microsite parish.rcdow.org.uk/actonwest

Please continue to monitor the Parish Microsite, as further information will not be included in the School Newsletter.

With my best wishes,

Father Neil Reynolds.

CONFIRMATION 2021:  Late Applications for 2021 are possible up until 12th April, 2021.  

I am advised by the Designated Diocesan COVID-19 Health & Safety person that face-to-face classes for the purpose of Catechesis can resume from 12th April providing the Governmental Roadmap out of “Lockdown” keeps on track.  With this proviso I propose to begin the Confirmation Programme with a Commitment Celebration at 11.15am. Mass on Sunday 18th April. Please book for this Mass from Thursday afternoon of the week before via the Parish Microsite parish.rcdow.org.uk/actonwest  With the first class beginning on Thursday 22nd April at 6pm. in the church.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS:  Would you like to become a Catholic?  Would you just like to know more about the Catholic faith?  Are you a Baptised Catholic but have never been Confirmed?  Perhaps you are not a Catholic but are married to one and come to Mass with them? If so, then please contact Father Neil.