At Holy Family, children in Year 4 or above who are baptised Catholic are able to receive two Sacraments:
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation
- First Holy Communion
Our school prides itself on strong links between the parish, school and home. This means that the preparation for these sacraments remains very strong. Parents are invited to attend services with their child, in order to be fully involved in the preparation for the Sacraments.
With support from Mrs Quigley (RE Co-ordinator) and the staff in Y4, the children will learn all about the sacraments and how they can continue to grow in the light and love of Jesus. Father Michael, our parish priest at Holy Family church, will also visit the children in school and invite them over to mass to aid the children’s preparation for the sacraments.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children in Year 4, usually after the Easter holiday.
All children in Year 4 are included in the preparation and celebration of the sacrament and our inclusive ethos ensures that those children who are not baptised Catholics are enabled to participate as fully as possible in supporting their classmates during the programme.
Year 4 take another step along their Faith Journey, by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a chance to say sorry to God for the things they have done that have hurt God, others and themselves. When God created man, in his image and likeness, he knew we would make wrong choices so he gave us the gift of Reconciliation so that we have the opportunity to put our wrongs, right and grow closer, to God; following in his ways.
Children in Year 4 also receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The children prepare thoroughly for this Sacrament. The preparation takes place during RE lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents, and the parish priest. In addition to this, children in Year 4 visit Holy Family church regularly thoughout the year to celebrate Mass.
The children receive Holy Communion after Easter in the first half of the summer term. This sacrament is widely celebrated by the entire school and parish community.