Information for First Holy Communion 8th/15th June 2019

For Children NOT in Holy Cross School:

First Holy Communion – 2019 – This year there will be instruction in the months of January – May immediately prior to the First Holy Communion Day itself (Saturday 8th /15th June at 12 noon). This instruction will be led by Mrs J Jackson and Mrs R Griffiths, parish catechists. It will take place on five Saturday mornings beginning with the 10am parish Mass and continuing in the Fr Berry room until 12.00 noon on the following dates: 12th January, 16th February, 16th March, 13th April, and 11th May 2019. Candidates will be expected to attend all sessions and as many Sunday masses as they can throughout January – June.

In these five sessions instruction will be given in the following topic areas: Baptism and the Sacraments – the seven sacraments. How Catholics live – how our faith impacts on our life choices, reconciliation. * What the Church is. Creation & St Francis. Jesus chooses his disciples – Peter & Matthew, other bible stories. Prayer – when, why, what, how and where. The structure of the Mass – preparation for Saturday 9th /16th June. But using the book “I belong” and parents will be expected to help their children at home in completing chapters of the book, not finished in class.

* Confession is scheduled for Tuesday 5th March and Tuesday 12th March 2019, Reconciliation Sacrament celebration Reconciliation Service in church 10..00am followed by  Confessions– Year Three and families. For children enrolled in the Saturday First Holy Communion Class – they will make their confessions on Saturday morning 16th March, after the class. If you have any queries contact Fr. Neil (01213512161) or

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – 12.00 Saturday 8th and 15th June 2019 – ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DAY

Photographs – The photographer will be in the church hall from 10.00 a.m. onwards so that all photographs can be taken before Mass.  Children and families should begin to arrive from 10.00 a.m. and it is planned that all photographs will have been taken by 11.40 a.m.  The photographer will take an individual photograph of each Communicant and a family photograph if requested.  A separate letter will follow with an attached proforma and proofs to indicate which photographs will be required.

Flowers – Parents are asked for a donation of £3.00 per family towards of the cost of flowers for the church.  Please give this to Fr Neil.

Volunteers to clean Church – The church will be open at 7.30 p.m on Friday 7th and Friday 14th June 2019 for those parents who kindly volunteered to clean the church in preparation for First Holy Communion. (A quick sweep through is all that is required No polishing! – think of the dresses… six people = half an hour!)

Sashes/ Ties – Boys will be given red sashes by school staff in the church hall on the day. Parents are asked for a donation of £5.00 for the red tie, which you will then receive in the week prior to the Holy Communion. (Either from Holy Cross School – or from Fr. Neil if your child is not in Holy CRoss School).  All boys will wear red ties with the chalice, host and date on them.  It is requested that the boys wear long sleeved white shirts.

Hands and Gifts – The children will be asked not to wear gloves or to hold items in their hands.  Please would families keep such items with them until after Mass.

Seating – Each family will have a bench in church.  Any additional seating will be towards the back of the church and in the side chapel on a first come, first served basis.  Once families have had their photographs taken they should begin to move towards the church. All families and their children will need to be seated in their benches by 11.50 a.m. The children receiving Holy Communion must be seated in specific allocated places on the benches.

Practice sessions- On Thursday 13th June (in the week before their First Holy Communion), the children will need ‘time off from school’ to attend a practice session at Holy Cross Church. The children should arrive by 10.30am and should be ready to be returned to school around 12 noon.

Mobile Phones – Please ensure that all mobile phones are switched off during the service.

PARKING ON THE DAY – Please be considerate to our neighbours and ask your family and friends to be so too. We do not want the Mass spoilt by an irate neighbour shouting about poor parking.

Once the Mass is finished please feel free to leave at your own convenience. The children are well prepared and should have a lovely day.  Please pray for dry weather!

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