First Holy Communion Programme
September 2019 to June 2020
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 Mondays 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 Year 2019-2020
|9TH September 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Preliminary session for ALL- We start at 5.30pm in the church with the short Exposition & Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament & Benediction.
At 6pm: we go to the hall to the Introduction Session
|St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|16th September 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session II- Session about “PRAYER”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|29th September 2019 SUNDAY||10.15am – Sunday Mass||Inaugaration of the new Preparation for the First Communion Introduction the children to the Church’s Congregation||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|30th September 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session III- “ROSARY PRAYER” (NB. On the following Sunday 6th October at 10.15am Mass the special rosary beads are blessed and given to the children)||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|6th October 2019 SUNDAY||10.15am – Sunday Mass||Receiving THE FIRST COMMUNION ROSARY BEADS||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14th October 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session IV- “THE TEN GOD’s COMMANDMENTS”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|28th October 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session V- “Communion of Saints; Prayer for the deceased and the Holy Souls (Purgatory)”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|4th November 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session VI- “THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|18TH November 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session VII -“SACRAMENTS, SACRAMENTALIA & DEVOTIONS” The Miraculous Medals of Our Lady||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|8th December 2019 SUNDAY||10.15am – Sunday Mass||Receiving The Miraculous Medals of Our Lady||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|16th December 2019 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session VIII- “SACRAMENT of BAPTISM”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|13th January 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session IX- “SACRAMENT of CONFESSION”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|27th January 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session X- “SACRAMENT of CONFESSION – practical guide” & “FIVE necessary conditions for a good Confession”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|10th February 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session XI – “SACRED HEART DEVOTION – 9 First Fridays of the Month” “Behaving in the confessional”, “ways of confessing sins”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|24th February 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session XII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 1 – (Measuring children for First Communion robes)||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|9th March 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session XIII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 2”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|23rd March 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session XIV-“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|
|27th March 2020 FRIDAY||6.15pm||STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN THE CHURCH||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|27th April 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session XV – “The Holy Body & Precious Blood of Christ”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|11th May 2020 MONDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Session only for parents/carers – Theology of the Body||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|31st May 2020 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|7th June 2020 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|12TH June 2020 FRIDAY||5.30pm to 7.00pm||Final Rehearsal Followed by the Holy Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|13TH June 2020 Saturday||11.30am||FIRST SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION FOR CHILDREN||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14TH JUNE 2020 Sunday||11:45am||FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|21ST June 2020 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Receiving the Certificates of the Holy Communion||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|22ND June 2020 MONDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XVI – Following Jesus Christ & the ways to be involved||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|28TH June 2020 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass together with the previous year First Communion Children||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|27TH September 2020 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Inaugaration of the new Preparation for the First Communion. 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