First Holy Communion

Any baptised Catholic child can be admitted to the Sacraments of Confession (Reconciliation) and Holy Communion as soon as they are mature enough to receive these sacraments and have been properly prepared.

To make a valid Confession, a child has to have an understanding of the difference between right and wrong, and what it is to be sorry for making a wrong choice. A typical child will be able to do this around the age of 7.

To receive Holy Communion, a child must have made their First Confession, and recognise that what they are receiving is something holy – it is the Body of Jesus Himself.

If your child has not yet been baptised, or was baptised in another Christian tradition but now wishes to become a Catholic, you will need to apply for this, and we will prepare them as an integral part of the First Communion Course.

If there are children in Years 5 or 6 to be presented for First Communion, special age-appropriate arrangements may be made; secondary age pupils should apply via our mentoring for confirmation programme.

If you wish to prepare your child to receive Holy Communion, the first step is that they must attend Sunday Mass regularly. Once enrolled for First Communion, each child will be issued with a Passport from St Philip Evans Parish, so that wherever you go to Mass on a particular weekend, the priest / deacon or catechist can sign it, so that we can see your child is being taught and shown that regular Mass attendance is important. For a child to be admitted to First Communion, we will need evidence that the child has attended Mass most Sundays before and throughout the time of preparation.

Arrangements for Academic Year 2017-2018.

The deadline has now passed for applications for First Communion in 2018. Parents who have already obtained application forms must return them by 6 pm on Sunday 11 November 2017, Any forms received after that date will be put on a waiting list to be invited to a future course.

All Applicants for First Communion

Please keep clear all term-time Saturday mornings from 13 January to 19 May inclusive. Sessions will run 10.00-11.30 am but not on weekends which are part of school holidays or half-term breaks. Exact course dates will be notified later.

To ensure the safety and well-being of each child, only children registered for the course (following the procedure above) can be admitted.

If parents wish a child to make First Communion elsewhere after following the preparation scheme in St Philip Evans, permission letters can be issued in May 2018 for children who have attended our course regularly.

Late Applications

Becoming a Catholic is an important step of religious commitment. This timetable has been set in the knowledge that the application deadline for Corpus Christi School is 4 December 2017, in order to allow those who wish to become Catholic adequate time to prepare and demonstrate genuine religious commitment.

Applications after July 2017 to make First Holy Communion in Summer 2018, will only be accepted when accompanied by a doctor’s certificate of significant illness in the registration period, or written proof that the applicant changed address and therefore moved into the parish after the relevant deadline.

Children who apply late will of course be welcomed into the arrangements for the next First Communion Course.


Deacon Steve Melhuish is responsible for First Holy Communion: deacon@sphilipevans.co.uk