Preparing for First Holy Communion is a special time in a child’s life that comes in two parts. Firstly preparing to make their First Reconciliation where they come to experience the love and mercy of Christ when the confess their sins and receive His forgiveness. And then they prepare to receive the Eucharist for the first time.
The Eucharist (from the Greek eucharistia, “thanksgiving”) is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, in which He is present under the forms of bread and wine offering Himself in the Sacrifice of the Mass and giving Himself as spiritual food to the faithful. The appointed words of consecration must be used by a priest in order for the change known as “transubstantiation” to take place, in which the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.
The reception of the Blessed Eucharist for the first time in a child’s life is a wonderful moment. Family, catechists, priests and community all contribute to preparing the child to enter this new phase of an ever deepening communion with Christ.
The First Holy Communion programme is run on about 9 one hour sessions that take place on either late Friday afternoons or Saturday afternoons. Due to COVID precautions and social distancing these take place on ZOOM with parents (or guardians) and children. The dates of these sessions are being finalised, but as soon as they are everyone who has registered for the programme will be emailed.
The programme that has been used for a few years now is called Growing up Catholic, and is focused on helping parents to pass on the faith to their children. As such parent/guardian involvement is very important to the success of this programme. The material provided will guide parents in this task, and there will be catechists available at the sessions to help and support the parents at every step of the programme. Please note that there is a nominal £20 charge for the licensing and printings costs of the materials.
For more information please visit http://www.growingupcatholic.com/parents.html. The resources for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist can be found at the bottom of the page.
When you are ready, and you are happy to take part in the faith formation of your child, please click below to apply to join the programme.