First Holy Communion

Their First Communion is a wonderful moment in the life of any Catholic child and his or her family. The Catholic Church stresses today that preparation for First Reconciliation (Confession) and Holy Communion should be a partnership between parents, parish and school, with parents playing the primary role.  

At St Augustine's, First Reconciliation and First Communion is made in Year 3 (in the school year in which a child reaches the age of 8), and the preparation programme goes on from December until June each year. 

Preparation takes place on Saturdays in St. Augustine's Church Hall from 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.and from 4.00 to 5.00 p.m and Wednesdays from 4.15 to 5.15pm.  Whatever support is given by teachers and catechists, parents have a key and vital role in preparing their children for these sacraments - by their own teaching of their children, and by the example and witness they give, especially by their own regular participation in the Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

There are three basic elements to our parish preparation. Firstly, your child's preparation - by yourselves, supported by catechists. Secondly, your own ongoing education as Christian parents: five sessions are provided over the year for parents as an opportunity to explore and deepen your own faith and understanding of the sacraments. Thirdly, the liturgical celebrations, leading up to First Holy Communion.

Your child will make his or her First Communion on a weekend at one of the following Masses: Saturday 3 pm,  Sunday 11.15 am or 3 pm. in the Summer. The final celebration is the Solemn Communion Mass, when all First Communion children sit together and are presented with their certificates.

A registration pack will be available from the Church porch or office -  please see the newsletter for details as to when these packs are available. An early response is best since places are limited and we are unable to take new candidates once classes begin in January.