Each year children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. These are great celebrations of the whole parish, when the community celebrates God's gifts to the Church given through its young children.
The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life
(Lumen Gentium, 11)
Jesus gives himself, his Body and Blood, for us so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church.
Parents are the first and best teachers of their children in the ways of faith. If your child is already familiar with the Mass, the weeks before the preparation for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation (Confession) are your opportunity to teach them a little more about the love of Christ to be found in the Sacraments. It is also the time for parents to take a further step in fulfilling the promise they made at their children’s Baptism in bringing them up in the practice of the Faith.
Parents must be committed to bringing their child to weekly sessions, assist them with follow-up work at home and bring them to Holy Mass. The 11.00 am Sunday Mass has the added advantage of the ‘Children’s Liturgy’ when your child can join others in a separate group to celebrate the Mass in a simpler way while learning a little about it.
Two of our Catechist will then be in touch with all the relevant information.