****    The First Holy Communion Children should collect and wear their Gold Sash and hand in their name tag when attending Sunday Mass. Parents should be attending Sunday Mass with their children.    --> **    First Holy Communion Rehearsals - Thursday 31st May 2018 at 7.00 p.m.    **    First Holy Communion Mass - Saturday, 2nd June 2018 - 1.00 p.m.    !-- **    First Holy Communion Family Mass - Sunday, 18th June 2017 - 12.15 p.m.    ** First Holy Communion Corpus Christi Procession - Sunday, 18th June 2017 at 14.30 p.m. --> ****

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First Holy Communion Programme

Any child in years 3 to 6 of Primary School is eligible to enrol in the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows' First Holy Communion Programme.

At least one of the parents must be a baptised Catholic attending Sunday Mass regularly at this church. Children are expected to attend Mass each Sunday during the programme.

Registration begins about the end of November with Parental Workshops, then the children's course starts in January with an Induction Mass where the children are presented to the parish to ask for their prayers and support. It is Also a way for the parents to affirm their own commitment to their faith through supporting their child(ren).

As CIC 931/914 states, it is the parents responsibility to prepare their children for First Holy Communion.

The first part of the programme focus is Reconciliation and the preparation that goes for that. This is done through the themes of; Belonging, Listening, Caring and Peacemaking. These are all topics that feed into prepartion for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), which takes place at the beginning of Lent.

The second part until May, focuses more directly on the Eucharist (Precious Body and Blood of Christ): Gifts of Bread and Wine, Celebrating, Giving Thanks for Creation and New Life (Eastertime), Sharing and Receiving, Going Forth to make a better World.

The classes take place on two sessions on Sundays:

12.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.      and      1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Sessions last for one hour and cover Confession.

Resources used are visual to support children and parents.

They come from: There is a similar book for Eucharist:
'Makings Things Right' 'Called to His Supper'

In addition to the above books, we highly recommend that each family home should have a latest edition of The Holy Bible (The Jerusalem Bible) as well as a copy of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

First Holy Communion Registration Evenings:

Thursday 12th October 2017 - 7.30 p.m.     or

Wednesday, 18th October 2017 - 7.30 p.m.      or

Parents and Candidates should provide proof of catholicity (i.e. Baptism, First Holy Communion and/or Catholic Marriage Certificate) and £25.00 administration fees when they enrol.

The next Parent's Evening will take place on:

The First Holy Communion Induction Mass will take place on
Sunday 21st January 2018 - 10.00 a.m. Mass.
All candidates are expected to be present.
All parents must attend with their children and no other person.

First Confession for Candidates will take place on
Saturday 10th March 2018 at 9.00 a.m.
They will begin at 9.30 a.m. and will continue after the 10.00 a.m. Mass.
All candidates are expected to be present.

The First Holy Communion Retreat Day will take place on
Saturday 3rd March 2018.
All candidates must attend.

The First Holy Communion Rehearsals will take place on
Thursday 31st May 2018 at 7.00 p.m.
All candidates must attend.

The First Holy Communion Mass will be on:
Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 1.00 p.m.
The Children will receive the Holy Eucharist under both kinds at this Mass.
All candidates must attend.

The First Holy Communion & Corpus Christi Processsion will be on:
Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 2.30 p.m.
The Children will lead the procession dressed in their First Holy Communion Regalia.
All candidates must attend.

Please come along and support the children in these important events in their faith lives. Thank you.

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A parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.
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