St Anthony’s Church offers a programme of first Holy Communion lessons every year. These lessons are designed to prepare Roman Catholic children of St Anthony’s parish for their first Holy Communion which will take place in June 2017 at the Church. The children will also prepare for their first confession. Preparation for First Holy Communion occurs with children aged 7 (school year 3) and above. The programme will start after next autumn half-term.
The children are taught by parishioners who volunteer their time to be catechists (teachers). The lessons are created by an external organisation to St Anthony’s Church and are written to be fun and informative. The lessons are free of charge and are held after the 9.30am Sunday Mass.
It is expected that parents help their children with the small amount of homework which they receive. The catechists and parish priest wish that the children attend Mass every Sunday either at St Anthony’s or another Roman Catholic Church. It is very important that the children attend each lesson because failure to do so may result in them not being permitted to receive their first Holy Communion at the end of the programme and they may have to wait another year to do so.