|Grow in Love|
The most recent Mass for the Grow in Love First Holy Communion programme was celebrated on Sunday 19th March. The parents and children gathered for faith formation at 10 am, before Mass at 10.30.
We are now in the season of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It is a time of reconciliation, when we make space in our lives to think about our relationship with our heavenly Father and the ways in which we are responding or failing to respond to his love and care for us.
In celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, we know that God loves us and always forgives us. When we come to share in the Bread of Life we meet Jesus in a very special way.
Like the Samaritan woman at the well, in spending time with Jesus we too are offered the chance to transform our lives. Lent gives us an opportunity to focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We show our concern for the poor and are called to works of charity and justice.
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.