Thank you for your dedication to the Sacramental Programme so far, it has been a joy to see so many of your faces at Mass. Thank you also for your patience in waiting for information for your child’s Reconciliation as we continue to learn how to best deliver this year’s Programme with COVID restrictions.
We are delighted to invite your child to make their first confession in a Reconciliation Service at the Sacred Heart Church at 11:00am on Saturday the 24th of April. The service will last for approximately one hour.
Attached is the booklet you and your child will receive on the day of their Reconciliation. You might want to have a read over this with them so they know what to expect on the day. Please continue to complete the reconciliation units in the Heart Speaks to Heart booklets, the online version is free to access at this link https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Heart-Speaks-to-Heart-Full-Programme.pdf
If you have ordered a physical copy of the booklet, it will be available to collect from our Churches from this weekend.
It is important that you arrive at the Sacred Heart Church no later than 10:55am so that we can begin promptly at 11:00am. In line with the current guidelines and directives set out for Churches during COVID-19, the doors to the Church will be closed as soon as the Reconciliation service begins at 11:00am.
Fr. Kevin and the Sacramental Programme Team
First Holy Communion
I hope that you all keep well at this difficult time. I am writing to let you know about the Sacramental Programme for 2020-21, which has been slightly delayed for obvious reasons. The continuing pandemic means that it is not possible to fix exact details of the programme, but below I am outlining how I hope it will run.
We are hoping that the programme will start up in January 2021 and that the children will be able to make their First Holy Communion in June. Most probably, many of the sessions will be “virtual” and done online, though we will give plenty of guidance and support as to what needs to be covered.
When churches are open again, there will be a certain number of Masses that you need to attend with your child and we will give details of these.
Meanwhile, the most important thing is that you complete the registration so that your child can be on the programme. It can be downloaded by clicking here Sacramental Programme Registration Form 2020
Please understand that in signing the registration form, you are making a commitment to support your child on the programme, by ensuring that he/she completes the preparation and attends the Masses required.
Please could you return the registration form to school or to church by WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER at the latest, so that we have all the details and are ready to make a start with the programme in January.
Please note, that though the programme is mainly for children in Year 3, it is possible for children in Years 4, 5 and 6 to be included. Children on the programme need to be baptised Catholics. However, it is also possible to prepare children for baptism and for children baptised into other Christian denominations to be received into the Catholic Church. Please contact me in either of these cases.
I look forward to receiving your registration form and to working with the children with our excellent catechists on the Journey of Faith ahead.
God bless, Fr Kevin Murphy
Please click on the following link to watch short video clips on the Sacramental Programme Journey.