First Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church First Communion Programme 2020

Click on the link for times and dates of the First Communion programme FHC DATES 2019-20 .

For further information please email the First Communion Team at


St Peter’s Church First Communion Programme 2020

Notes for parents
Welcome to our First Communion programme. We hope that this year will be a special time for both you and your children. Preparation for First Holy Communion is based on the programme ‘God’s Greatest Gift&’. This programme includes a children’s workbook and notes for parents. The children will be given their workbooks at mass following the first class on October 12 so
that you can work through Chapters 1 and 2 before the November class.

Our classes will follow the chapters in the workbook with the addition of an introductory
enrolment session and a session dealing with the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Oct Introduction and enrolment
Nov Chapters 1 and 2 ‘The Gift of Creation’ and ‘A Very Special Gift’
Dec Chapter 3 ‘The Gift of Baptism’
Jan Chapter 4 ‘The Gift of God’s Word’
Feb Chapter 5 ‘The Gift of Friendship’
Mar Chapters 6 and 7 ‘The Gift of Forgiveness’ and ‘The Gift of Peace’
Mar First Confessions (the Sacrament of Reconciliation)
Apr Chapter 8 ‘The Gift of Joy’
May Chapter 9 ‘The Greatest Gift’
Jun First Communions (the Sacrament of the Eucharist)
Jul Chapter 10 ‘Our Gift to God’
Classes are held each month on a Saturday morning, during which we review and consolidate what the children have been studying the previous month with their parents,
and prepare for mass the following day, when the children participate in the bidding prayers and offertory procession.

The programme involves parents as well as children, so parents need to help their children read and understand the relevant chapter in their work book each month before the
Saturday class. So, for example, during October you study the first two chapters, ‘The Gift of Creation’ and ‘A Very Special Gift’, ready for the November class.
Your parents’ notes explain what the themes are all about and suggest ways in which you might help your child.

To help you guide your child through the programme we shall be holding four instructive
parents’ evenings:

  • Monday 25 November ‐ ‘The Mass’.
  • Monday 2 March ‐ ‘The Sacrament of Reconciliation’.
  • Monday 27 April ‐ ‘The Eucharist’.
  • Monday 18 May – ‘Preparation for First Holy Communion Services’


Please make a note of these dates so that you can attend. The meetings start at 8pm in the church hall and last one hour.

There are two Saturday classes: one from 9.00am to 10.30am, and another from 11.00am to 12,30pm. You will have been allocated a class for your child who should always attend at
the same time each month. Children will be divided into three groups for each class.

Please bring your child to the church hall 10 minutes before the class starts and be in the Link to collect them at the end of class. If you are unable to collect your child, please make
arrangements with another parent to do so. But please be assured that if you are unavoidably delayed a catechist will stay with your child at the church until you arrive. If you
want your child to walk home alone, you must give the catechists a signed note to say so. The children should bring their completed workbook and a set of colouring pens to every
Our 10am mass on the Sunday following each communion class will be a special First Holy Communion celebration mass. Please bring your child to church 10 minutes before mass
starts and check in with the catechist at the back of the church. THIS IS IMPORTANT because children take turns to read and help at mass and we need to know they are present before
mass starts. The children also need to collect their name badges.

First Confessions (the Sacrament of Reconciliation) will take place during special servicse in March. You may choose from four available times: Friday evening 13 or 14 March at 6pm, or
Saturday morning 20 or 21 March at 11am. Parents are expected to attend with their children but there is no need to ‘book’ a date, just turn up at whichever time suits you best.

First Communions will take place at 11.30am on Saturday 6 June and on Sundays 7 and 14 June. After mass we hold a short celebration for the children and their families in the church hall.

Information about the First Communion programme will be posted on the notice board in the church porch and on the parish website:

If you feel you need more support or have any questions as you prepare your child for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, please do speak to Fr Alexander or one
of the catechists: Jane Noble, Kathy Crook and Charlie Clarke or email the First Communion Team at