Holy Communion is, for us, simply, the food of life.
It feeds and sustains us in our spiritual life. We are spiritually refreshed and gain renewed energy as we join as one with Christ Himself.
Children who are in Year 3 and above at school are invited to enrol for preparation to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion over 9-12 weeks.
Our hope is that the programme gives the opportunity for young people and their families to grow in faith and love, and to develop their relationship with God and each other.
Showing an interest in the programme does not commit anyone to receiving the sacrament but provides an opportunity to come and see.Parents are the most influential teachers to their children and the programme aims to encourage the faith of parents who will then help their children to prepare to receive the sacraments.
Many parents have often found this preparation time to be an excellent opportunity to ask questions within a small group without fear of judgement.
Please feel free to 'come and see.'
My dear Sisters and Brothers,
The Eucharist. (the Mass).
We see the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "the Eucharist is 'the source and summit of the Christian life'. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical (church) ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented towards it. For the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch (our Lord)".
I always remember, our Scripture Lecturer, Fr. Brian Nolan reminding us the Eucharist is where the God of humanity (Son of God) praises the God of Divinity (The Father) in human form. He also said that we, the Father's adopted Children can continue to share in the Praise of the Father". Later, I will have, in print, my deeper understanding of the Eucharist.
Share our care in the Lord.
Your brother in Christ, Ian