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. You can obtain 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. The passports will begin in October and 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.
Children born BEFORE 1 Sep 2010 can be admitted for First Communion in 2018, if residing in Llanedeyrn, Pentwyn, Pontprennau or St Edeyrn’s Village; or living outside this area but worshipping regularly in St Philip Evans Church.
Children NOT BAPTISED
Choosing Baptism is a commitment to live as a follower of Jesus, attending Mass regularly. Children aged 7+ must be attending Mass regularly before they can be baptised.
Saturday Sessions 10.00-11.30 am on 23 Sep, 7 Oct and 14 Oct 2017.
Enrolment as “Catechumens” 30 Sep 5.15 pm / 1 Oct 10.30 am
Baptism Ceremony 12.30 pm Sunday 12 November 2017.
The commitment made at baptism is to continue to prepare for First Holy Communion.
Registration for Baptism of children aged 7+ can be made at the end of any weekend Mass at St Philip Evans Church in July 2017.
Children BAPTISED but NOT as Catholics
There are no special classes to prepare for baptised children aged 7+ to be enrolled as Catholics. But any child who wishes to become a Catholic first needs to become familiar with attending Catholic Mass.
Registration for Reception as Catholics for children aged 7+ can be made at the end of any weekend Mass at St Philip Evans Church in July 2017. Their baptism certificate must be shown in order to register.
Children who have attended Mass regularly from July will be formally received as Catholics on the weekend Masses of 14/15 October, and a certificate of reception will be issued, which gives them the status of baptised Catholics. The commitment made by becoming a Catholic at this age is to continue to prepare for First Holy Communion.
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.
FIRST COMMUNION will be celebrated at Masses on Corpus Christi weekend (2 & 3 June) and also on 9 & 10 June. Note that Corpus Christi weekend is the end of the summer half-term holidays.
Enrolment for First Holy Communion will be via a form available at all weekend Masses in St Philip Evans Church during October 2017.
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.
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 for a child to become Catholic in November 2017, or after October 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 First Communion in 2019.
Deacon Steve Melhuish is responsible for First Holy Communion: firstname.lastname@example.org