The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
First Holy Communion
Children in Year 3 or above in the Autumn term, are eligible to join the Parish First Holy Communion Course which starts each year in late September.
The course runs on Saturday mornings during term time between October and May/June, from 10.30 am to 12 noon. It is based on the Faith and Life Series specifically using the text book “Jesus, Our Life.”
The main themes which run through the course are based on Salvation History in the Old and New Testaments and particular emphasis is placed on prayer and of course Holy Mass. The children are prepared for two Sacraments, Confession and Holy Communion.
On some Saturdays we invite the parents of the First Holy Communion children to attend a parallel course at St Raphael’s on key aspects of our Catholic faith. This is geared to helping the parents help their children prepare to receive Holy Communion.
The First Holy Communion Mass will be in May / June the following year.
Application forms and more details about the course, are usually available from July each year and are advertised in the weekly newsletter.