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.

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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