First Communication Programme:  7+ year olds (year 3)

Welcome to our First Communion Programme at Holy Cross Church.

The programme runs from September to June each year, starting with our Enrolment meeting when details of the full programme will be made available, allowing you to plan the coming months with these dates in mind.

As well as the 8 subsequent meetings for parents and children, there will be various church events during the course in which the children are expected to take part.  As your child prepares to receive their First Communion, it is essential for their understanding not only to be present at the meetings (where they will learn) but also to be present regularly at Mass (where they will experience our worship together as Catholics).

To be preparing to make one’s First Confession and receive one’s First Communion is an important step on the journey of faith, and in bringing your child here you are continuing to help them grow in the faith according to the promises you made when they were baptised.

Our meetings for parents are to help you help your children and provide opportunities for any questions or uncertainties you may have.  Also, at any time you may raise issues either with the leader or with the catechists.

God’s blessing be on your families as we begin this stage of our journey of faith together.

FIRST COMMUNION 2018 – 2019
Wed. 19th Sep.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents & children first meeting – Refreshments provided.
Preparation books for First Communion and Confession on sale.
Sat. 22nd Sep.
6.00 p.m.
FHC Enrolment Mass – Refreshments afterwards
Wed. 10th Oct.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents & children meeting – Refreshments provided.
Sat. 13th Oct.
6.00 p.m.
FHC Preparation Youth Mass – Refreshments afterwards
Wed. 31st Oct.
6.00 p.m.
All Hallows Eve Youth Event – Mass followed by social
Wed. 7th  Nov.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents & children meeting – Refreshments provided
Sat. 10th  Nov.
6.00 p.m.
FHC Preparation Youth Mass – Refreshments afterwards
Wed. 28th Nov.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents & children meeting – Refreshments provided
Sun. 9th Dec.
4.00 p.m.
Children’s Advent Service – followed by refreshments
Wed. 9th Jan.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents & children meeting – Refreshments provided
Sat. 12th Jan.
2.00 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation – First Confessions
Wed. 30th Jan.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents & children meeting – Refreshments provided
Sat. 2nd Feb.
6.00 p.m.
FHC Preparation Youth Mass
Wed. 13th Mar.
7.00 p.m.
Special described Mass
Sat. 16th Mar.
2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Children’s bread making session
Wed. 3rd Apr.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents to share Passover refreshments.
Drinks and biscuits for children at back of church
Sun. 14th Apr.
9.00 a.m.
Palm Sunday – Children’s procession at 9.15 Mass
Fri. 19th Apr.
10.00 a.m.
Good Friday – Children’s Stations of the Cross – followed by refreshments
Wed. 24th Apr.
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents and children’s meeting – Refreshments provided
Sat. 27th Apr.
6.00 p.m.
FHC Preparation Youth Mass
Wed. 22nd  May
6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Parents and children’s meeting – Refreshments provided
Sat. 22nd  Jun.
11.00 a.m.
Rehearsal for First Communion
Sun. 23rd Jun.
9.15 a.m.
FIRST  HOLY  COMMUNION
Sun. 30th Jun.
9.15 a.m.
Celebration Mass of Thanksgiving and presentation of certificates.
Party in Parish Centre after Mass