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What preparation is required?

This year there are only nine classes (modules) and each of these will be repeated to make it easier to attend. This year more emphasis is being placed on the importance of being part of the parish community, in particular by attending Holy Mass on Sundays (or Saturday evenings) for those who wish to receive Holy Communion.


Once a child has attended all 9 classes and attended Sunday or Saturday evening Mass 25 times their parents are free to ask Father Farrell to decide if he thinks their child is ready to begin receiving Holy Communion.


First Holy Communion will normally be at the 11am Mass on 17th & 24th June and 1st & 8th July, however parents are free to ask Father Farrell about a different Sunday.



Why is the Holy Mass so important?

After prayer and thought we have come to the conclusion that it is good for parents and children to have the encouragement they need to make Sunday Mass part of their weekly lives, an expression of their love of Jesus and a sign of their membership of the Church.

In the end we rely on the parents who are the first teachers of their children in the way of faith. If love of Jesus, prayer and a good life is not taught at home then no school or catechists can make up for what is missing.



What will the modules cover?

The nine meetings are designed to encourage parents and children by very simply presenting the essentials of our Christian faith. God made us, God loves us, Jesus who is God reveals that love by saving us from sin. We respond by loving Jesus, by prayer and by a good life. We acknowledge the truth of this each week at Mass, and when we fail we know that God who loves us will always forgive us.

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