May I thank all those who have helped with the First Holy Communion programme and for the celebration of First Communion itself. I am sure that I speak for everyone in wishing to thank Kathryn James for taking over the co-ordinating role after Therese’s move to Sion Manning School as Chaplain. The programme has worked smoothly owing to her back-ground work organising the catechists, the young helpers, and the parent-helpers for the day itself. Kathryn has been supported by a team of parent Catechists, Beata, Becky, Elizabeth, Geraldine, Kirsty, Maria, Melanie, Rossella, Shiny and I am very grateful for their commitment to the course.
I would like to thank the parents of the First Communion children for accepting a Saturday early evening programme for First Holy Communion. The new timetable has allowed the children to attend Mass together afterwards and this has built up solidarity between them and helped them appreciate the beauty of the Mass.
Thank you for your generous co-operation.
We will be using the book 'I Belong' As we go through each chapter we will look at our life experience, read a story from the Old and New Testament, learn about and prepare to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist and encourage the children to share what they have learned with their families. Watch this space as we begin this important spiritual journey.