About the Programme

The programme runs annually starting in October and culminating in the First Eucharist Masses the following June.  Applications to enrol on the following year's programme are received and processed in July.

The programme is open to those children that in Year 3 and above. All children accepted onto the programme must have already have been baptised before they commence the course.

We require that the Parents as well as the children take part in the programme. This is so that they can help to prepare the children for these two important sacraments.

The preparation sessions take place on Saturday mornings and located in the Our Lady of Grace parish hall and the St Mary’s school hall.

There are three preparation sessions to make the children ready to receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation. They receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation in November.

The children commence preparation for the sacrament of First Eucharist in January or February. They will undertake seven sessions in preparation for First Eucharist.

The First Eucharist Masses, where children receive the sacrament take place in June. They receive the sacrament during the parish masses as part of the overall parish community.

There is a £30 course fee per child. This is to cover the cost of workbooks and other course materials.