|Grow in Love|
The next Mass for the Grow in Love First Holy Communion programme will be on Sunday 30th April, the 3rd Sunday of Easter. The parents and children will gather 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.