Courses to prepare for First Holy Communion and First Confession are run annually, usually starting in the autumn term. As parents are the first teachers of their children in the practice of the faith, the First Confession and First Holy Communion programme includes parent's sessions as well as those for children who should be in Year 3 or above. In the "parent's sessions" parents are with Fr. Ian looking at the "upcoming chapter" while the children will be with the catechist in the main hall, revisiting the chapter previously completed at home with the parents.
Information about First Communion in the next academic year is usually available over the summer in the parish newsletter. Application forms with further details and application deadlines are available in both churches of the parish until the application deadline during the summer period.
As with preparation for Baptism, it is expected that those wishing to have their children prepare for their First Holy Communion attend Sunday Mass with at least one of the parents.
1322 The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
1323 At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.135
1324 The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."136 "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.137
1324 The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.138
1327 In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: "Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.140