First Holy Communion
Application forms for this Sacrament are given out after Mass on Sunday (or Saturday evening) for a period of six weeks which does not inlcude any school holidays. Due to the current restrictions on large gatherings we have not yet fixed a date to begin the classes or distribute the forms. Just keep coming to Mass and you'll be fine.
Sacramental preparation at Our Lady's involves sessions for children and parents between January and June. The bond of love between a parent and child facilitates heart-to-heart discussions and thus, parents are helped to pass on the gift of Faith to their child.
Journeying towards the Sacrament of Eucharist is a valuable opportunity to grow closer to Jesus, to develop a personal intimate relationship with Him through our daily prayers and study of Holy Scripture in conversations between parent and child. It builds on an understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation - that our loving God invites us into a special friendship and although all of us stumble and turn away from time to time, God’s love is steadfast. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, our repentant hearts are cleansed and God’s sanctifying grace restored in our souls in readiness to enable us to fruitfully receive the gift of His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
The seven Sacraments are an integral part of our Catholic faith. They use visible items as signs to help us meet Christ and to express our love and gratitude for the many graces and blessings that we receive each day.
In the sacrament of the Eucharist, ‘Jesus Christ gives his Body and Blood - himself - for us, so that we too might give ourselves to Him in love and be united with Him in Holy Communion. In this way, we are joined with the One Body of Christ.’ (YouCat 208) Thus, the celebration of the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit of the Christian life’ (CCC 1324) and in our programme, we explore its various dimensions:
- the need for an open heart, aware and grateful for God’s presence in our lives;
- the universal, communal nature of the celebration of our faith;
- Christ’s institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper;
- Christ’s sacrifice of Himself on Calvary to usher in the New Covenant;
- uur union with Christ through our own loving sacrifices; and
- Christ’s invitation to receive Him in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, to become a part of Him, the Body of Christ.
Building on its Jewish roots, the celebration of Mass is rich in symbols and gestures. These symbols and gestures are unfolded in our sessions.
Sacramental preparation offers a special opportunity for parent and child to regularly speak about the role of their Catholic faith in daily living. Besides suggested questions/answers to encourage meaningful conversation between parent and child, each session offers additional resources to facilitate faith-related family conversations.
While young people (in Westminster Diocese) generally prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist in Year 3, older children and adults regularly come forward to prepare to receive this sacrament. Please do not hesitate to chat with Fr Kevin or Fr Ben after Mass.
Liturgy becomes exciting when one senses that God Himself is present under its sacred signs and its previous often ancient prayers. (Youcat 167)