First Holy Communion Preparation

First Holy Communion Preparation

Here in the Parish of Christ the King, the preparation for and celebration of First Holy Communion and Reconiliation is co- ordinated by the parish, the School, and our Parish Pastoral Worker.

The Schools and the teachers do an excellent job in teaching the programme of religious education in the School. The School and teachers are also a key point of contact between children, parents and Parish.

The Parish arranges Parents meeting in relation to the Sacrament, and the School and the Church work together in the organisation of the Celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.


Joyful Celebration

We hope to make the celebration of Communion and Reconciliation a happy, joyful occasion for your child, your family, the School and the Parish Community.

* We ask that you attend the celebrations beginning with the enrolement which happens at Sunday Mass.  There you will be asked to take seriously the responsibilities you took when your child was baptised.

* We ask that you attend the Paretn meetings.

* We ask that your bring your child to Sunday Mass and atteden the 'Do this in Memory of Me' Masses which are specially for the families of Children preparing for First Communion.

* First Communion is celebrated at Sunday Mass during the month of May.


Sacrament of Reconciliation 

The Children's understaning of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is based on their experience of forgiveness at home and among their friends.  In school they discuss how friends and family love and forgive and how, despite rows etc. people can be friends again.

Likewise, God forgives us when we are sorry for not loving God and each other.  God loves us always. 


Points to Remember:

  • Application Form - To be returned as soon as possible.
  • Baptism Certificate - We require a copy of your child's Baptism Certificate to accompany the application form.  You can get this in the Church where your child was baptised.
  • Enrolment Mass - During this Sunday Mass your child will be enrolled in the preparation programme for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - Will be celebrated in March. 
  • Do this in Memory of Me' Masses - Will be once a month.
  • Information - All information regarding the Communion Programme will be sent home through the schools.


Do this in Memory of Me Dates for 2012 - 2013

  • Sunday 21st October 2012 - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Sunday 25th November 2012 at 12noon - Feast of Christ the King
  • Sunday 16th December 2012 at 12noon - 3rd Sunday of Advent
  • Sunday 27th January 2013 at 12noon - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Sunday 24th February 2013 at 12noon - 2nd Sunday in Lent
  • Sunday 14th April 2012 at 12noon - 3rd Sunday of Easter