The Sacramental Programme is the means by which baptised Catholic children can complete their journey into full membership of the Catholic Church.
Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation. The gift of God's Holy Spirit which the children received in Baptism is strengthened in the Sacrament of Confirmation, and they complete their initiation with the reception of first Holy Communion - a public declaration that they are now fully a part of this community, this "Communion" of God's family. The programme itself strives to help them grow into this community, and feel a real sense of belonging to the wider Family of God.
The Sacramental Programme runs in parallel with the Year 3 RE Syllabus in school. The programme involves a close partnership between the parish, the home and school.
Each part of the programme is important, as it forms a part of the child's experience of God which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We hope this will be a very positive experience, and we trust that parents will support them at every step of the journey.
Parents made a commitment when they presented their children for Baptism to support them and help them make sense of our Faith as they grew old enough to understand more and in enrolling their child for be prepared for receiving the sacraments parents and carers need to recognise the importance of giving the full programme their full support.