Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. It is during First Holy Communion that we receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.
The preparation of our children for these sacraments is an important time in the life of every school and Parish. It presents a special opportunity for developing their relationship with God, each other and society.
Equally it presents an opportunity for a school and Parish to be a real sign of communion and mission within and beyond its own boundaries.
Children at St Anne’s are taken through the programme by catechists from the parish. Sessions take place on a Wednesday evening at church and during the parish masses.
Preparation for children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
Christine Hodgkinson and Mary Stacy are parishioners and catechists for our school, and help prepare the children for the Sacraments.
The recommendations from the Diocese are that children should wait until Year 4 to begin the programme. Any child in the above years, who have not received the Sacraments, is encouraged to join the programme.
The preparation involves home, school and parish. We ask that parents/carers of the children are fully committed to the programme by attending mass each week with your child. The specific parts of the programme will be below when all arrangements have taken place.
We all need to help our children grow in faith and your continued support is needed.