PREPARATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Applications are now being accepted for 1st Communion classes starting in Autumn 2019. Separate classes will take place at St Joseph’s and St Hugh’s.
As the children come from different areas and also go to different schools the preparation is slightly different to normal. The first few weeks take into consideration the basic prayers and getting the children to become confident in making the sign of the cross. This followed by the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be, again being able to say this with confidence and understanding. The classes are as light hearted as possible and the children spend some time getting to know each other and do some colouring in of religious pictures relevant to the days instruction.
After Christmas the session move up a gear but still with the same essence of getting to know each other and not being shy to answer questions. We then begin in earnest following the course along set guidelines but always trying to instil the love of the Sacrament and the sense of belonging it gives us. As the children go to different schools we think this is an essential part of learning and to feel they belong to a special community.
The parents will normally stay behind and are in the perimeter of the room. This allows them to integrate and get to know each other, there by enlarging the family circle. A few of the mothers from last year`s group already have a good friendship and meet when they can. It is also great to see the children talking to each other, recognising each other from the classes and coming to Mass and taking part in the celebration of the Eucharist.