Our First Holy Communion Programme begins. We have a jam-packed programme planned once again this year, with stories, activities, crafts, songs and of course learning about how Jesus is going to be really present to us in a very special way for the very first time.
The Programme for these sacraments begins in September each year. Those parent volunteers who have come forward as table leaders have an initial session where their role and the forthcoming programme is outlined as well as ensuring all are trained in Child Protection Policy and complete the Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
Parents are also invited to meetings throughout the programme usually once a month at which the Priests, Sister Anita and invited guest speakers share experiences and give all an opportunity to examine their spirituality in relation to the challenges life brings.
The children attend every other Saturday between 4.00 – 5.15 p.m. through the year and the programme follows the “I Belong” book which explores and examines aspects of the mass allowing the sessional leaders and table leaders to bring the pages to life with short film clips, role play, singing and discussions in their small table groups of 5-6 children. The children really do come together throughout the course of the year so children at either of the Parish schools and those at other schools really get to know one another.
Regularly through the year the children on the Holy Communion programme lead the 9.30 a.m. mass allowing them to share their journey with the wider Parish family.
Of course the Holy Communion day is always a big family celebration but the team always try to ensure that the children and their families make a special effort to celebrate the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation — highlighting to the children how this sacrament brings us closer to our loving God. The First Reconciliation services take place over a day usually in December and are beautiful contemplative services.
The Holy Communion services begin in May and June and are always a great joy as families arrive to support the children who are always so beautifully turned out. The joy in their faces as they receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion is so wonderful to witness and certainly reminds us all of how very precious this opportunity to receive Jesus is.
Here are a few shared images from this years celebrations; thank you parents.