The word ‘communion’ means to be united with. Catholics believe that in Holy Communion we are united in a special way with Jesus Christ, that we are sharing in the body and blood of Christ our Saviour. Holy Communion, and the whole Mass is also known as Eucharist, from a Greek word meaning ‘thanksgiving’.
The Eucharist is the greatest gift that Jesus gave to us – the gift of himself. The Eucharist is a gift that takes a whole lifetime to open; it is a gift that requires a response from us. That is why it is so special and why we must take such care that our children are well prepared.
Your child’s faith journey began the day you brought your child to the Church to be baptised. And what a special day that was for you and the family. Now, that child has grown, they are about to take another step in their faith journey, as they prepare for First Holy Communion. And we all have a part to play.
How do I sign up?
For those families wishing to enrol their children (who are in Year 4 at school or above) for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, application forms will be available online from Friday 15th September on the parish website, church table and from the parish office. Please fill in form and return to the Parish Office (not the school) before the 2nd October 2023.
What happens next?
A short Prayer Service will take place at St. Edmund Campion Church on Saturday the 7th October at 5.15pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.15pm. After a brief prayer there will be a talk by the catechist and priest, introducing the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
The programme is a ‘3-step-programme’.
Step 1: 13 weekends from initial meeting on October 7th to end of December. The candidate is required to attend at least 9 weekend Masses with family members. This step is called: ‘Come And See’. (John 1: 39-41). An invitation from Jesus.
Step 2: ‘Sat at the feet of Jesus’. (Luke 10:38-42). 10 input/teaching classes between January and April. This will be done on alternative Saturdays. Each input will comprise of 60+ minutes. Candidates are expected to attend Mass every weekend during this period with their family.
Step 3: ‘Jesus sent them out’. (Luke 10:1). During May, the candidates will do a missionary assignment in the Church and Community such as singing, decorating the church and making cards for those in hospital/care homes.
What are the key dates?
April 2024 the children will receive the Sacrement of Reconciliation.
May 2024 the children will receive the Sacrement of the Eucharist.