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The school works in partnership with the Parish to deliver the sacramental programme, which prepares the children to receive the sacraments of Holy Communion and Reconciliation. There are a number of highly trained catechists who deliver an interactive and engaging sacramental programme using the scheme ‘With You Always’. The scheme is child friendly and provides parents with the opportunity to play an active role in this important stage of their child’s spiritual and religious development.
The programme is taught during 8 evening sessions at the church, where children and parents work together to complete the children’s booklet; parents also receive a separate booklet, helping them to continue supporting their child at home. During the year there are a number of special sacramental masses held on the Sunday following each session. The children are invited to take a full and active part in these masses, sharing the work completed in the sessions, and they form an essential part of the preparation for the sacraments. These masses are supported by children from other year groups and staff within the school who like to show their support for the Year 3 children.
The sacramental programme is undertaken by the Year 3 children who are baptised Catholics. If however, children join the school in Year 4, 5 or 6 they are welcome to participate in the programme. Parents of children who wish to follow the sacramental programme but are not yet baptised, are encouraged to contact Father Joe for information about the Sacrament of Baptism.