First Holy Communion Preparation

The programme runs together with our neighbouring parishes in the Pastoral Area; with Sacred Heart and Great Billing.

Because of the restrictions on gatherings, the present course is suspended until the crisis is over, and the First Communion celebrations are postponed until the autumn. The dates cannot be determined at present.

To see the full list of dates for the current programme, click here.

The greatest gift a parent can give to their child preparing for Holy Communion is to share in their journey.  We encourage parents to come on “Alpha” which begins in September and runs for 11 weeks. Click here to see more about this.

The structure of the programme for children is based on five Saturdays at Sacred Heart Church, near Weston Favell shopping centre.

Session 1:  To grow in knowledge, understanding, and experience that I am created and loved by God the Father.

Session 2:  To grow in knowledge, understanding, and experience of Jesus, his life, and his teaching.

Session 3:  To grow in knowledge, understanding, and experience that Jesus saved us through his life, death and resurrection and that this is at the heart of the Mass.

Session 4:  Preparation day for first Reconcilliation

Session 5:  To grow in knowledge, understanding, and experience that Jesus lives in us by the power of the Holy Spirit and that we are the Body of Christ.

All children are expected to be at Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days, and there are special celebration Sunday occasions.

Children will receive Holy Communion for the first time at one of the Sunday Masses during May , and families will be asked to choose which Mass they prefer. Every effort will be made to accommodate their choice, but there will be a limit of 6 children at any one Mass.

The Corpus Christi procession at Billing is an important part of the programme. Children will be expected to take  a significant part in the procession.