First Holy Communion – Year 3 Preparation 2018
Please see below our First Holy Communion Programme dates for 2018. Parents’ meetings are for parents only: Masses and First Confession service are for all.
Thursday 25 January 2018 7:00pm First Parents’ Meeting – School Hall
(Introduction to Sacraments)
Sunday 4 February 2018 10:00am Commitment Mass (Church)
Thursday 15 February 2018 7:00pm Second Parents’ Meeting – School Hall (Confession)
Thursday 8 March 2018 7:00pm First Forgiveness (Church)
Sunday 29 April 2018 10:00am Preparation Mass (Church)
Thursday 17 May 2018 7:00pm Third Parents’ Meeting – School Hall (Eucharist)
Sunday 20 May 2018 10:00am Preparation Mass (Church)
Thursday 7 June 2018 7:00pm Final Parents’ Meeting – School Hall
Saturday 16 June 2018 12 noon First Holy Communion Mass
Monday 18 June 2018 8:30am Photos (Church)
Tuesday 19 June 2018 9:15am Quiet Mass in side chapel
Words that need practising.
Details for First Forgiveness.
Pease note the wording of the confetior has changed following the new mass translation.
The Children will need to be in church by 6:45 pm to ensure a prompt start.
The children should wear their uniforms and will be seated with their families. As the service can last over an hour, please ensure that they have been to the toilet prior to arriving at church and discourage them from going during the service as this can disturb the peace.
Once the children have been for confession they should join in the singing or perhaps look through their ‘I belong’ books quietly.
Below are some extracts covering essential details for the First Holy Communion.
The boys will be provided with a red sash and a rosette with medal. The sash is worn from the right shoulder to the left hip. The rosette and medal are worn on the opposite side (left side of the chest).
The sash needs to be returned to school after the event.
The girls will be provided with a medal to be worn on a ribbon around their neck although many choose not to wear it in preference of their own necklaces.
The boys will need to wear grey trousers or shorts, a white shirt, (long or short-sleeved), long grey socks and black shoes.They should also wear their red Holy Communion tie that is available to purchase from school for £3.
If you have bought your son a suit for the occasion, we request that he removes the jacket for the duration of the service and for photographs.
Seating in Church
The children will sit together in the front benches. They will need to be in their places at 11.45am.
Please ensure that your child has been to the toilet before Mass begins as they will be discouraged from going during the Mass.
Two families will be allocated to each bench with room for 5 or 6 members of the immediate family. The benches will be labelled. Other guests may use the benches towards the back of the church and the side chapel - we recommend you arrive early to ensure finding a seat.
Non-Catholic relatives and friends are very welcome to receive a Blessing from Father during Communion if they wish to. This can be indicated to Father by crossing arms over the chest.
Please ask relatives and friends not to talk during the service.
Receiving First Holy Communion
Receiving First Holy Communion
The children can make their First Holy Communion by receiving on the tongue or in the hand. However, if your child is wearing gloves they should be removed or the child should receive on the tongue.
Please do not take photographs or use video cameras during the Mass and remind other guests of this. We do not want the children to be distracted during this very special Sacrament.
A video/DVD will be made of the Mass, details will be given later. Official photographs will be taken in Church on the following Monday morning.
Please ensure any mobile phones are switched off.
There will be a party for the children and refreshments in the Parish Hall after Mass. Everyone is welcome.
On Monday 18th June from 8.30am individual and group photographs will be taken in Church. The children need to come to school in their Holy Communion clothes and bring their school uniform to change into.
On Tuesday the 19th June there will be a Mass at 9.15am for all the Holy Communion children and their families. The children wear their school uniform as usual
I belong books
Thank you for your co-operation in working through these books, the children should have completed all exercises in good time before the First Holy Communion.
Although this mass does count as your Sunday obligation, we encourage you to attend your usual Sunday mass with your child dressed in their dress / shirt and sash. This helps the parish to feel part of the special occasion.
As part of the children's preparation, Fr Anton will hear the children's confessions, date to be confirmed.
We encourage you take your child to visit their particular prayer sponsor who may be sick or housebound. This helps make the First Holy Communion a parish event. In the past, many children have also visited their prayer sponsor on the day of the actual communion.
Please click on the links for the music accompaniments to Showing Love and Zacchaeus, songs to be learnt for the First Forgiveness service.
Please click on the link for the music accompaniment to Welcome, Welcome Jesus, song to be learnt for the First Holy Communion Mass.