To contribute to your child’s preparation for this very important sacrament, we are asking that all parents attend a number of evening sessions exploring our Catholic faith. These are a fundamental part of the programme and will enable you to understand the programme your child is learning, as well as strengthening your own faith.
It is vital that both children and their parents journey together on this programme. You are the first and most important teachers of your children in the faith. Both your children and their catechists will rely on your help and support throughout the months of preparation.
The children will celebrate First Reconciliation (Confession) in February. As parents, you will be encouraged to make an act of reconciliation at the same time and lead the children by example. The parental programme will help you prepare for this act of reconciliation, as well as enable you to answer your children’s questions about the sacrament.
To assist your child during their preparation, we ask that you:
- Attend the parents’ meetings in the programme
- Support your child’s learning at home
- Pray often with your child
- Bring your child to Mass on Sundays
Encourage them to attend the Childrens Liturgy of the Word at 11 am mass.
Clearly attending Mass on Sunday is an essential part of showing your child how important this time is for them and for the Catholic community.
In order for them to understand that First Holy Communion is a key part of their Christian journey, it is crucial that they attend Mass regularly. On the other hand it is necessary to take great care that the children present at Mass do not feel neglected because of their inability to participate or to understand what happens and what is proclaimed in the celebration. For this reason on some Sundays during their preparation year the First Holy Communion Children are invited to celebrate their own for Liturgy of the Word at the 11 a.m. Mass in a way they can understand.