First Holy Communion Candidates for 2018/9
The First Holy Communion is an important step in a child’s life, and at Holy Angels and Holy Family churches we invite children to become a part of the community as soon as they are ready.
Your child must be in school Year 3 or above to be considered for the programme, the course is aimed at children 7-8 years of age.
In the Eucharist, we receive Christ himself and it is therefore essential that your child is adequately prepared to receive this sacrament with reverence and understanding. This includes receiving forgiveness and our classes for First Holy Communion include preparations for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Our programme consists of ten classes between September 2017 – June 2018, with the First Holy Communion Sacrament being taken in June 2018. Your child must take part in ALL lessons. As joint parishes, the location of classes alternate between HOLY ANGELS, ASH and HOLY FAMILY, HEATH END.
We remind you that the role of the Catechists is secondary to you, the parent and there are also do four ‘parents’ meetings which YOU will be required to attend.
More important than the classes themselves is that the Catholic members of your family are living out your baptismal promises and regularly attending mass. Catholics are expected to attend mass on every Sunday and holy day of obligation.
At the first parents evening, it is requested that you complete a COMMITMENT form on behalf of your child and bring a COPY of their Baptism Certificate.
As a family, you are requested to be REGISTERED with the parish. (Forms are available at the back of each Church). The completion of the application form DOES NOT automatically enrol your child on the course. You will receive confirmation by email/letter.
Father Robin has the overall authority to decide which children go forward.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Holy Communion Catechists and we look forward to meeting you at the first parents evening.
You can download the application form below. Ideally please return the form to the parish office or the clergy before the end of August 2018.