A Sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is given to us. Full and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church requires a period of preparation of both mind and heart to be receptive to the grace of new life in Christ.
First Holy Communion
At some point during the school year, at the end of Sunday Mass, Fr Martin Plunkett will invite parents with children in year 2 to apply to join the programme of preparation for First Holy Communion that will take place during the following year. Enrolment procedures must be completed before the end of the summer term. After that no applications will be accepted except from families who have recently moved into the parish and who can produce a letter from their former parish priest attesting that they have enrolled for the programme in their former parish. In any case late entries will only be accepted up to and including the second week of the programme. The classes are linked to the 9.30 Sunday Mass.
Before children attending non-Catholic primary schools can be admitted to the programme, they must have attended all the sessions offered in the parish Sunday school over the previous two years.
It is a condition of joining the programme that parents agree to bring their children to all of the sessions and to attend any special sessions or meetings arranged for parents. Where parents fail to keep to these conditions, the first communion may be postponed until the following year.
Contact Fr Martin Plunkett who will be pleased to discuss the programme and answer any questions you may have.
CHILDREN ATTENDING NON-CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS.
Parents are to send their children to those schools which will provide for their catholic education. If they cannot do this, they are bound to ensure the proper catholic education of their children outside the school. (Canon 798)
At present the parish offers a two year programme for children in years 1 and 2 of primary school. The class meets in the library after 9.30 Mass every two weeks after the 9.30 Mass. It is our hope to expand these provisions in the future.
Young people who are in year 9 of Secondary School and above may present themselves for the Sacrament of Confirmation, provided that they worship weekly in this Church.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered by our local Bishop every year, usually between Easter and Pentecost, but occasionally it will take place at Westminster Cathedral or even in a neighbouring parish if the group is very small.
Preparation will take place between January and June. Those wishing to be confirmed must make the preparation a priority and not absent themselves from any part of the course. Parents will need to see that their young people organise their activities in such a way that they have time to prepare properly.
It is important that young people who apply want to receive the sacrament themselves, and not because of parental or peer pressure. It is also important that Confirmation is seen as part of continuing Catholic practice, especially participation at Sunday Mass. Parents should be as vigilant at overseeing their children’s practice of their faith as they would be of their health, well-being or education.