Our Lady & St. Werburgh's Catholic Primary School

Fiat Voluntas Dei - May God's will be done

Seabridge Lane, Clayton, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 4AG

(01782) 973 888

Two songs for First Holy Communion. 

First Holy Communion– Year 3 Preparation

Please see below our First Holy Communion Programme:

Parents’ meetings are for parents only: Masses and First Confession service are for all.

 First Parents’ Meeting – School Hall (Introduction to Sacraments)

 Commitment Mass (Church)

 Second Parents’ Meeting– School Hall (Confession)

 First Forgiveness (Church)

 Preparation Mass (Church)

 Third Parents’ Meeting– School Hall (Eucharist)

 Preparation Mass (Church)

  Final Parents’ Meeting – School Hall

  First Holy Communion Mass

 Photos (Church)

 Quiet Mass in side chapel

Words that need practising:

Details for First Forgiveness

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                           

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.

Photographs/Video/Mobile Phones

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Mass/Photographs

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.

Sunday Mass

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.

Prayer sponsors

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, Zacchaeus and Welcome, Welcome Jesus songs to be learnt for the First Forgiveness service.