Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at St. Piran’sBecoming part of the family of the Church.
Thoughts for parents to ponder…
- Is your child ready?
This has nothing to do with age; some children at this age are very aware of their
faith, whilst others need a little more time.
- Does your family have a regular commitment to the Church?
This is part of the family commitment to this programme. Your child will be taught about their relationship with God, the Church, and with our wider faith community, therefore they need to feel part of their Christian family and be familiar with and regularly attending Sunday Mass.
- Are you ready?
This is probably the largest commitment. The programme is spread over 6-9 months, involves 2 - Parent sessions and a regular commitment not only to the weekly sessions, but also to Sunday Mass.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
All the important events in life need preparation, so that we make sure that everything is clear and everything goes as we hope. At this important point in your child’s life with God, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion too will need careful preparation.
The preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist is a very special time in the moral and spiritual development of your child.
The programme used here in St. Piran’s promotes an active co-operation between parents, catechists, priest, and the entire parish family, whilst recognising parents as the primary educators in a child’s religious development. As parents, we try to teach our children Christian attitudes and behaviour, and we do this through our daily habits, family customs and traditions. All this is part of the Sacramental preparation and for this reason, this preparation needs to be a true family journey.
What does the Course involve?The Course is contained within the ‘Walk With Me’ catechetical programme followed in this parish, and therefore takes place at the same time (Thursday afternoons from 4.15 to 5.15pm during term-time), however, the children preparing for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion meet in their own group in order to focus on these very special Sacraments. The children in the First Holy Communion Group do however gather together with the rest of the children at the beginning of each session, and also for social activities.
When are First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion celebrated? First Reconciliation takes place at the end of February or the beginning of March, and is the first important milestone on the journey towards First Holy Communion. First Holy Communion normally takes place in June, and is a time of great celebration for your child, their family, and indeed for the whole of the parish family as they all join in the celebration.
Parental Involvement.It is most important that you feel able to participate in and contribute during the course of the journey your child is making towards Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
To help parents feel involved in this process, Parent Information Evenings are held in January and May. These evenings are an opportunity for parents to get together with the priest, the catechists, and each other, to discuss the programme that their child has been following, and to allow for a general sharing of information, including the practical arrangements. The evenings also give you the chance to ask any questions you may have about your child’s First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.