The Salford Diocese Sacramental Programme currently runs in our school for children, from Yr 3 and above, to help assist you, as parents, to prepare your children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession), Eucharist (First Holy Communion), and later Confirmation (this will be in High School). These are called the ‘Sacraments of Initiation’ and they are the ways that God has given us to become full members of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Sacramental Programme is facilitated by a team of Catechists from the school. We are looking to strengthen our team and would welcome any parents or parishioners who would like to join us!
The Sacramental programme consists of a series of meetings and celebrations for parents and their children (Year 3 or older in some cases) in preparation for receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
The Sacramental Programme is the means by which baptised children can make their own personal commitment to God and continue on their spiritual journeys. complete their journey into full membership of the Catholic Church. Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation. The programme begins with the children presenting themselves to God and the parish to say that they are now choosing to continue on their sacramental journey. At the sacrament of Baptism, parents/guardians made the decision for them and now it is up to them. The children then go on to receive the sacrament of 'First Forgiveness' and they later receive first Holy Communion – a public declaration that they are now fully a part of this community, this “Communion” of God’s family.
The programme itself strives to help them grow into this community, and feel a real sense of belonging to the wider Family of God.
The programme involves a close partnership between the parish, the home and school.
Each part of the programme is important, as it forms a part of the child's experience of God which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We hope this will be a very positive experience, and we trust that parents will support them at every step of the journey.
Parents made a commitment when they presented their children for Baptism to support them and help them make sense of our Faith as they grew old enough to understand more and in enrolling their child for be prepared for receiving the sacraments parents and carers need to recognise the importance of giving the full programme their full support.