Grow in Love

The most recent Mass for the Grow in Love First Holy Communion programme was on Sunday 30th April, 3rd Sunday of Easter. The parents and children gathered for faith formation at 10 am, before Mass at 10.30.

In the Gospel, Jesus’ friends do not recognise who he is until he repeats the gestures made at the Last Supper – the blessing and breaking of bread. At every Eucharist we too are invited to recognise Jesus in the breaking of bread.

Jesus spent 40 days after his Resurrection meeting with the apostles, reminding them of all the things that they had done together. Jesus wanted them to tell everybody his story and to do what he had done at the Last Supper. Two thousand years later, we are still doing what Jesus did at the Last Supper. We are still breaking and blessing the bread and blessing and sharing the cup of wine.


The Grow in Love programme aims to involve parents, parish leaders and the wider parish community in preparing children for First Eucharist. The sacramental preparation of children is the responsibility of the home, school and parish working together in partnership. Together with Baptism and Confirmation, the celebration of First Eucharist opens the door to full membership of the Christian community.

Loving God,
We call to mind the children who will prepare for First Eucharist during the coming year and all who care for them. We ask your blessing on all of them and on all of us gathered here. May we always walk as children of the light and be prepared to share that light with those whom we meet.

First Holy Communion Programme Dates 2016-2017
10 am Sunday 2nd October Enrolment
10 am Sunday 30th October 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
10 am Sunday 20th November Feast of Christ the King
10 am Sunday 11th December 3rd Sunday of Advent
10 am Sunday 22nd January 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
10 am Sunday 12th February 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10 am Sunday 19th March 3rd Sunday of Lent
10 am Sunday 9th April Palm Sunday
7.30 pm Thursday 13th April Holy Thursday
10 am Sunday 30th April 3rd Sunday of Easter
10 am Sunday 18th June Corpus Christi

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