Parish Based, Family Centred, School Supported
We will again be offering our parish families the opportunity to celebrate the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Confirmation and First Reconciliation.
It is the wish of Bishop Michael that parishes celebrate the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation within the weekend Parish Masses.
One parent information session is planned for each of the sacraments – Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.
The first of the sacraments to be celebrated this year will be First Holy Communion. Parent sessions will take place on Tuesday 20th April, 2021 at 1.30 -2.30pm or an evening session 7.00pm – 8.00pm. The sessions are for parents/carers only, candidates do not attend.
Families of students in Year 3 are invited to register their intention to have their child receive the sacrament via an online form provided by the parish staff and available on the parish website.
Register your intention and attendance to either session here.
The enrolment form will follow at a later date, once the information session has taken place.
St Matthews students will be prepared by their teachers during RE lessons and supported by the Parish Sacramental Team. Children in the State schools will attend after school lessons in the Parish Centre – dates to be confirmed.
The sacraments of Christian Initiation comprise Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. These three sacraments bring a person to full stature in Christ and membership of the Church community, enabling them to carry out their mission in the world.
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion (Eucharist) is unique among the sacraments as it is at the heart of our faith. For Catholics, the Eucharist, or Mass, is the most powerful way we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ.
Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.