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Our First Confession & First Holy Communion Preparation

Preparation for First Holy Communion is not only for the children – it is also for the parents who promised at their Baptism to be the ones who would train them in the practice of the faith.

Consequently, as a fundamental part of our preparation requirements, on Sundays parents are be expected to accompany their children to Sunday Mass so that they will become familiar with what Mass is about and share what they are learning with their families.

Enrolment for 1st Confession & 1st Holy Communion are celebrated with children of Year 3 age and older. Keep an eye on the Parish Newsletter for information on sessions and special celebration Masses.

If your child does not attend St John Vianney’s Primary School or St Cuthbert’s Primary School please contact one of the priests after Sunday Mass who would be happy to direct how we will prepare your child for these important Sacraments. 

Preparation is led by the parish clergy and animated both by teachers from St John Vianney’s School and by Parish catechists.

The Sunday sessions are often accompanied by sessions to encourage parents to aid their child’s preparation. Tracked attendance at Sunday Mass is also vital to determining a child’s readiness to receive the sacraments. 

No-one (lay or cleric) works alone (without another adult being present) with children and young people in the parish and all diocesan and national safeguarding policies and procedures are strictly followed.

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