First Holy Communion

Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. It is during First Holy Communion that we receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass

The preparation of our children for these sacraments is an important time in the life of every school and Parish. It presents a special opportunity for developing their relationship with God, each other and society

Equally it presents an opportunity for a school and Parish to be a real sign of communion and mission within and beyond its own boundaries

Children at St Philip’s are taken through the programme by catechists from the parish. Sessions take place at school and during the parish masses.

A list of the programme can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


Preparation for children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion

Miss Chris Straughn and Mrs Denise Hebron are parishioners and catechists for our school, and help prepare the children for the Sacraments. The recommendations  from the Diocese are that children should wait until Year 4 to begin the programme. Any child in the above years, who have not received  the Sacraments, is encouraged to join the programme.

The preparation involves home, school and parish. We ask that parents/carers of the children are fully committed to the programme by attending mass each week with your child. The specific parts of the programme will be below when all arrangements have taken place.

We all need to  help our children grow in faith and your continued support is needed.

Thank you

First Holy Communion 2015

Our Year 3 children who have been preparing for First Holy Communion arrived for their special day on Saturday. They all looked amazing and very smart. It was a wonderful experience for everyone. The children alongside their Catechists Miss Straughan and Mrs Hebron...

First Holy Communion 2014

On Saturday some of our Year 3 children made their First Holy Communion. It was a wonderful experience for all. The children have worked hard all year on many aspects of their faith and it was an enriching spiritual experience for them, which they will remember for...

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