St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church


First Holy Communion and Reconciliation

2018-19 Programme

The dates have been announced for the 2018-19 First Holy Communion Preparation, and can be viewed below.

Each session will take place at Saint Mary's and will begin immediately after 10:00am Mass on each relevant Sunday.

There is an expectation that the children will attend Holy Mass every Sunday.

Date Time Subject
Sunday 21stt October 2018 10:00am Mass: Welcome
  11:15am Preparation Sessions one and two
Sunday 25th November 2018 10:00am Mass: Renewal of Baptism
  11:15am Preparation Session three
Sunday 9th December 2018 10:00am Mass: Reconciliation
Tuesday 18th December 2018 7:00pm First Confessions
Sunday 13th January 2019 10:00am Mass: Listen to God's Word
  11:15am Preparation session four
Sunday 3rd March 2019 10:00am Mass: Rite of Election for First Communion
  11:15am Preparation Session five
Sunday 17th March 2019 11:15am Preparation Session six
Sunday 31st March 2019 10:00am Mass: Do this in Memory of Me
  11:15am Preparation Session seven
Thursday 18th April 2019 7:00pm

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

(Gifts for the poor - Mandatum)

Sunday 12th May 2019 11:15am Rehearsal for First Holy Communion
Sunday 19th May 2019 10:00am First Holy Communion Mass at Saint Mary's, Hexham
Date to be confirmed   First Holy Communion Mass At Saint Oswald's, Bellingham
Date to be confirmed   First Holy Communion Mass at Saint Elizabeth's, Minsteracres
Sunday 23rd June 10:00am Sending Forth Mass
  3:00pm Blessed Sacrament Procession and Party


First Holy Communion 2018

For the first time, this year's preparation for First Holy Communion was carried out on a joint basis for the whole of the Heavenfield Partnership, so resulting in participation by young people from Saint Elizabeth's (Minsteracres), Saint Mary's (Hexham) and Saint Oswald's (Bellingham).

On Sunday 20th May some of our young people received Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time during Sunday Mass.

The children assisted in the celebration, bringing forward the Gifts at the Offertory and with the Prayers of the Faithful.

On Sunday 3rd June, they will reconvene at Saint Mary's for their Sending Forth Mass at 10:00am. Also, at 3:00pm on this day, they will gather for the Corpus Christi Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to give thanks to God for the wonderful gift they have received, after which they will have a celebration party. All are welcome to attend these events.

Our First Holy Communicants 2018

Our First Holy Communicants 2018

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