First Holy Communion September 2019 January to July Programme
for St Swithun’s & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish’s programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Thursdays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun’s. It is important that you return the form below to our team here at the parish so we can ensure your child is on our programme.
Our First Holy Communion Programme Dates for 2019
|10th January 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session VII- “SACRAMENT of BAPTISM”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|31st January 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session VIII- “SACRAMENT of CONFESSION”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|7th February 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session IX- “SACRAMENT of CONFESSION – practical guide” & “FIVE necessary conditions for a good Confession”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|8th March 2019 FRIDAY||7.00pm to 8.30pm||LENT RETREAT EVENING – We start at 7.00pm with the Holy Mass followed by Exposition, Adoration of The Blessed Sac-rament & Benediction. At 8.00pm – a session: “fasting & ab-stinence (Eucharistic fast)”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|21st March 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session X- “SACRED HEART DEVOTION – 9 First Fridays of the Month” “Behaving in the confessional”, “ways of confessing sins”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|4th April 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XI- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 1
(Measuring children for First Communion robes)
|St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|2nd May 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 2”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|23rd May 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XIII-“Structure and the meaning of the particular parts of the Holy Mass”
Receiving and getting familiar with the Mass & Prayer Books which children receive during the session)
|St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|2nd June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|6th June 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XIV – “The Holy Body & Precious Blood of Christ”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|9th June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|16th June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|18th June 2019 TUESDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session only for parents/carers – Theology of the Body||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|21st June 2019 FRIDAY||6.00pm – 8.00pm||Final Rehearsal Followed by the Holy Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|22ND June 2019 Saturday||11.30am||FIRST SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION FOR CHILDREN||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|23RD June 2019 Sunday||12.00 noon or AT 3pm (TBC)||FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – AT 12.00 noon or AT 3.pm (TBC)||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|30TH June 2019 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Receiving the Certificates of the Holy Communion||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|6th July 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XV – Following Jesus Christ & the ways to be involved||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|7TH July 2018 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass together with the previous year First Communion Children||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14TH July 2018 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass and receive a special gift from Fr Marcin||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
we will be adding Resource Links here as the Programme begins but please check out our Sacraments section on our Website
Read more here about the Sacrament of First Holy Communion
or you can download this form and return it to the Parish Office
We will be adding Resource Links here as the Programme begins
Photographs and video images of children
It is the policy of this parish to allow members of catechetical team and others working with the children in parish programmes to take photographs and videos showing children taking part in the programme activities. The photos and videos will be used in parish publications such as the newsletter and the website, and on noticeboards. Children will not be identified by name without their parents/guardian’s written permission.
We hope that you are happy with this policy.
- If you DO NOT want your child’s photograph to be taken please write to us confirming this.
If you DO NOT want your child to be included in any videos please to us confirming this.
If you do not attach a letter to this application form, we will assume that you are happy with this policy.
Finally please enclose the following, when submitting your application:
- A copy of Baptism certificate (ESSENTIAL if your child was baptised outside this parish);
- A donation towards the cost of books and course materials; first communion rosaries; Mass book; Medal of the Immaculate Lady; first communion albs/dresses; engraved certificate of the First Communion.
(£50 is suggested – which is almost half of the cost; the second part [£57] is funded by the Parish);
NB. The Application form must be given personally by the parents of a child to Fr Marcin Drabik during an appointment made for this dates and times:
Please, notice that if the rules and expectations for which you have agreed will be not fulfilled, a child can be asked to start again in the next year of preparation for the Sacraments.
Thank You for your understanding, support and cooperation. Fr Marcin