Are you an adult wishing to be received into the Church?
The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life (Lumen Gentium, 11). Jesus gives himself, his Body and Blood, 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, the Church.
First Holy Communion
Our parish begins its preparation for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation (Confession) this November for both children and parents. We hope in this way to give you our full support and prayers if you decide your child should make his or her First Communion in 2013.
These weeks before November are an important time for the children to become more familiar with the church and Sunday Mass. It is also the time for parents to take a further step in fulfilling the promise they made at their children’s christening of bringing them up in the practice of the Faith.
Parents are the first and best teachers of their children in the ways of faith. If your child is already familiar with the Mass, then these weeks before November are your opportunity to teach them a little more about the love of Christ to be found in the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and the Eucharist (Holy Communion).
If your child is not familiar with the church and Sunday Mass, it is vital that you use these Sundays before November to give him/her the opportunity to be so.
The 10.30am Sunday Mass has the added advantage of the ‘Children’s Liturgy’ when your child can join others in a separate group to celebrate the Mass in a simpler way while learning a little about it.
I am sure you agree it would make little sense for any child to start preparing for First Communion when he or she had rarely been to Sunday Mass. Young children learn more by what they see and hear rather than just being told. Knowing the children have been to Mass and Children’s Liturgy this summer & autumn would also give me the confidence they have been given a good start in preparing for this Sacrament.
If you have any questions or anything you are uncertain about, do not hesitate to have a word with me; I would be more than happy to be of help. We shall be working closely with St Catherine’s School as it also prepares the children for this important occasion in their lives. Above all, nothing is achieved without prayer. We must always keep asking for God’s help and blessing for our lives as good parents.
With every blessing and good wish.
Fr John Winstanley
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