First Holy Communion
The Holy Eucharist is described as “the source and summit of the Christian life.” This is because it is at the very centre of the practice of the Catholic faith.
It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, which are necessary for people to become full members of the Church. The other two Sacraments of Initiation are the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
In receiving Holy Communion we are united with Christ in a physical way and we enter more fully in to the Body of Christ. The more we receive Christ the more Christ-like we become.
At St Bernadette’s, Baptised Catholic children in Year 3 will make their First Holy Communion during a Mass held at Holy Family Church in the Summer Term. Preparation for this important sacrament takes place throughout the RE curriculum and in the form of after school meetings where parents meet with Fr Philip and the children are supported by Catechists.
Reconciliation is one of the seven Sacraments of the Church.
It is one of the two sacraments of healing, the other being the Sacrament of the Sick.
Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we receive God’s forgiveness for our sins, his pardon and healing and reconciliation with the Church.
Baptised Catholic children in Year 3 will usually receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time during Lent. This takes place in a special Reconciliation service at Holy Family Church. Preparation for this important sacrament takes place in school through the RE curriculum and during an after school meeting, where parents meet with Fr Philip and children work with teachers and catechists.
Confirmation is one of the seven Sacraments of the Church.
It is the second of the three sacraments of initiation into the Church which are necessary for people to become full members of the Church. The other two Sacraments of initiation are the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.
Through Confirmation the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are received: wisdom, knowledge, reverence, understanding, courage, right-judgement and awe. These gifts can help a person to live as a follower of Christ.
Through receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit it is hoped that the candidate will, through their thoughts, words and actions bear the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and joy.
It is a means by which the candidate publically professes their faith and shows their commitment to becoming a full member of the Church.
Children at St Bernadette’s usually receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6, during the Autumn Term. Preparation for this important sacrament begins in Year 5 and is continued in Year 6 through the delivery of the RE curriculum. Children have the opportunity to work closely with Fr Philip and Sr Maura during this time. They are encouraged to think carefully about their chosen saint’s name and opportunities are provided for them to find out more about their saint and reflect on their life.
At St Bernadette’s School, the children have the opportunity to receive three of the sacraments:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation in year 3
First Holy Communion in year 3
The Sacrament of Confirmation in year 6
The preparation for these sacraments takes place in school, with meetings held for parents and children in the early evening.