St Joseph's Catholic Church, Oakham

Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

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 10.30am 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.

First Communion Preparation lessons will be published in our Parish Newsletter. Children must be in Year 3 or above and attend Holy Mass regularly.  Please give your child's name and copy of Baptismal record to Fr Stephen and/or email them to Maria: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Two of our Catechist will then be in touch with all the relevant information.

Click here for the First Holy Communion Information Sheet








Mass Times

St Joseph's
4.30pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Sunday: 9am until end of February
Sunday: 10.30am (with Children's liturgy) join us for coffee and tea after Mass
Mon: 10am Service of the Word
Wed: 10am (Exposition 9am) join us for coffee and tea after Mass
Thurs: 10am
Friday:10am (Latin Mass 7pm)

Live Stream

Sat: 11.30am - 12.00am
Sat: 3.30pm - 4.00pm 
Wed: 9.30am – 10.00am

Read about Confession

St Thomas of Canterbury
Sunday:  9am Held at St Joseph's until end of February

Masses in nearby Parishes

Join us for coffee and tea after Mass at St Joseph’s on Sundays & Wednesdays