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.
|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|
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.
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