St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Hexham

First Holy Communion and Reconciliation

2019-20 Preparation Programme

Following the summer break, our parish community at Saint Mary’s will begin to prepare children for First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Holy Communion. This programme of preparation is open to all baptised Catholic children in Year Four and above. Should you judge your child to be ready to make this important step, please could you indicate your interest by completing the application form and returning it to the Parish Office before Friday 4th October.

Copies of the application form, together with a letter from our Parish Priest, Fr. Christopher Warren and a copy of the programme schedule can be downloaded here.

This year the sessions will be delivered on three Saturday mornings by our catechists. In addition, the children are expected to attend Mass every Sunday; there are seven Masses to choose from each weekend, celebrated throughout Sundays and on Saturday evenings across the local parishes. On some Sundays during the course, there will be a special Liturgy during the Sunday Mass for our children to actively participate in.

Once we have received your child’s details, we will arrange a date for an informal meeting, allowing you to meet the clergy and to outline the programme.

We look forward to meeting you all and accompanying your family in your child’s journey towards First Reconciliation and receiving Jesus for the first time in the awesome gift of the Eucharist.

Saturday 12th October

10-12noon

St. Mary’s

Teaching Session 1

 

Sunday 20th October

10am Mass

St. Mary’s

Liturgy 1

 

Sunday 3rd November

10am Mass

St. Mary’s

Liturgy 2

 

Sunday 15th December

10am Mass

St. Mary’s

Liturgy 3

 

Tuesday 17th December

7.00pm

St. Mary’s

First Confessions

 

Sunday 23rd February

10am Mass

St. Mary’s

Liturgy 4

 

Saturday 7th March

10-12noon

St. Mary’s

Teaching Session 2

 

Thursday 9th April

7.00pm

St. Mary’s

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

The children participate in the Mass commemorating the day Jesus gave us the Eucharist.

Saturday 18th April

10-12noon

St. Mary’s

Teaching Session 3

 

Sunday 3rd May

10am Mass

St. Mary’s

Liturgy 5

 

Sunday 10th May

10am Mass

St. Mary’s

Rehearsal

Following Mass, the children will run through proceedings for the Day.

Saturday 16th May

11.00am

St. Mary’s

First Holy Communion Mass followed by a party

 

Sunday 17th May

10am Mass

St. Mary’s

Mass of Thanksgiving & Celebration with the Parish

 

First Holy Communion 2018

For the first time, this year's preparation for First Holy Communion was carried out on a joint basis for the whole of the Heavenfield Partnership, so resulting in participation by young people from Saint Elizabeth's (Minsteracres), Saint Mary's (Hexham) and Saint Oswald's (Bellingham).

On Sunday 20th May some of our young people received Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time during Sunday Mass.

The children assisted in the celebration, bringing forward the Gifts at the Offertory and with the Prayers of the Faithful.

On Sunday 3rd June, they will reconvene at Saint Mary's for their Sending Forth Mass at 10:00am. Also, at 3:00pm on this day, they will gather for the Corpus Christi Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to give thanks to God for the wonderful gift they have received, after which they will have a celebration party. All are welcome to attend these events.

Our First Holy Communicants 2018

Our First Holy Communicants 2018

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