As part of a new initiative, we are enhancing our First Holy Communion Programme with full and clear resource links to the latest catechetical approaches.
I Belong is a programme that contains lively, colourful material in which illustrations and examples are used to reflect the world where today’s children live and experience faith. It is hoped that the children using this book will create a personal momento of this special time in their relationship with God. At the end of each chapter is a “Family Time” page with suggestions for prayer and something to do together as a family. Small information boxes have been added throughout the book. These cover areas such as: search the church for particular items, explanation of Catholic practices, what to look out for while at Mass and new words associated with reconciliation, First Holy Communion and the Mass. There is also a symbol of a Bible to check out bible references at the end of scripture passages. A small candle features on the corner of each page which, when coloured, indicates progress through the book.
This step-by-step guide to the full programme is designed to inspire our children and challenge them to think theologically about the promises they are making!
Holy Communion Day!
23rd June 2019
Today was the day we have been preparing for. We have travelled even further on our Sacramental journey. The sun shone, our outfits gleamed and the congregation beamed. Congratulations to all those who received their first Holy Communion.
This week, those who are enrolled onto the sacramental programme met with Mr Stenton and Miss Loftus to discuss the sacrament of ‘reconciliation’. It was a great day to discuss it, as it was the very first day of Lent.
We discussed what would happen during our first confession and read the words we would say to Father David.
Firstly we will take a stone (which represents the weight of our sin), and go to Father David, who will be sat on the alter.
Starting with the sign of the cross
Bless me Father, for I have sinned. This is my first confession and these are my sins.
We will tell the priest about something for which we are truly sorry, and he will ask if we are sorry for our actions. Once we agree, Father David will give us a penance. We will then say the act of contrition (sometimes called the act of sorrow).
O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you, and by the help of your grace, I will not sin again. Amen.
Father David will now absolve us of our sins and before we leave the alter, we will drop the stone into a basket which represents our sins being forgiven by God.
We will be meeting again on the 8th May ahead of our reconciliation on the 12th at 2.30pm.
Parents and carers,
If you wish your child to be enrolled on the Sacramental Programme, please complete, and return, the slip given by the Year 3 teachers. The form is also attached below, if you wish to print it.
Throughout the year, there will be meetings about the Sacraments and all that they entail. It is essential that you come to all of them with your child to ensure that you all understand the commitments that you and your child are making as they take the next step in their faith journey. Adults will be invited to the Parish Hall with Father David, and Year 3 children will be in 3C with Mr Stenton or Miss Loftus. A creche will be provided in 3L.