First Holy Communion “The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1325)
Preparation Classes Sessions take place every other Sunday, from 9.30am to 12pm. The children being prepared and their family are expected to attend Mass on a regular basis at this church.
Preparation for Holy Communion The preparation for First Holy Communion is open to all children entering year 3 and above, for both children in Catholic and non catholic schools. The preparation also combines that of the First Reconciliation.
It starts in September and finishes just before the academic end-of-year the following year. Children make their First Holy Communion after Easter, on a Saturday afternoon. The next preparation will begin in September 2018, at the start of the new academic year.
The rite of Christian
initiation of Adults
The Parish offers two marriage preparation courses per year.
The rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the means through which adults become full members of the Catholic Church. It restores the ancient sequence of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation as the three interlinked sacraments of initiation. It provides a model upon which the sacramental preparation in the parish is based. It emphasizes that conversion to Christ is an on-going process that takes place within the community of the faithful, and that is marked by the celebration of the liturgical rites.
Adults who are over 17 years of age and are interested in becoming Catholics meet regularly with their sponsors and other members of the parish community to study and discuss areas of Catholic belief and
practice, and to pray and reflect on the Word of God together. They celebrate the stages of their journey into the Church by public rites, culminating in their full reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.
Preparing for the Rite of Christian Initiation The RCIA group meets usually on Monday evenings in the parish hall at 8:00pm. We welcome those interested in becoming Catholics, those willing to sponsor and support enquirers, and Catholics who want to learn more about their faith. Come along on a Monday or speak to one of the parish team (whose details appear below) to find out more about the excitement of growing into an adult faith. We also welcome those adult Catholics who have already been baptised and have not yet received Communion or been Confirmed.
“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ,
more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”” (CCC 1285). Confirmation preparation course is open to young people entering year 10 and above at school. The preparation starts in September of the current year and ends the following year around Pentecost. It takes place every other Tuesday from 6.45pm.
Registration forms are available in the Parish. Contact the Catechetical Co-ordinator for details.