Parents have to attend a couple of preparation sessions with Deacon Anthony or Chief Catechist Alvaro Scrivano before the baptism. The sessions are based on a video course offering a dynamic and modern approach to baptism preparation. Throughout the sessions parents are encourage to discuss their thoughts, hopes, feelings and concerns.
First Holy Communion and Sacrament of Reconciliation
The First Holy Communion Class in our Sunday School prepares children for the Sacrament of the Eucharist over the course of one school year, during which the children are also introduced to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If a child is not in a Catholic school, they are required to attend the Sunday school during the year previous to the First Holy Communion course. Classes run from September to May/June, and take place after the 10.30 Mass every Sunday.
The programme is for children in Year 9 (around age 14) and above (but under 16) to prepare them for the sacrament of Confirmation. The sessions run concurrently with the school year, starting in September and usually finishing in Apr/May although this varies depending on when the Confirmation ceremony takes place.