Dear Parents,

Welcome to our 2016-17 Reconciliation and First Holy Communion programmes!

Please Note: Registration for the 2017-8 First Holy Communion programme will open in June 2017

This is an important step in your child’s journey of faith and we are delighted you have chosen to put your child forward for preparation for the sacraments.

Children can be enrolled for the programme in the year they will be in Year 3 at school. We always have some older children on the programme too and endeavour to put them in classes with some children of their own age.

Our Programme

Our programme consists of 10 sessions in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation running from September to December and 10 sessions in preparation for First Holy Communion from January until May.

The lessons will be on Sundays from 11.00 a.m. to 12 noon and will take place in Donhead School. Donhead is situated in Edge Hill just above the church and opposite Wimbledon College. The time has been fixed so as to enable families to attend the family Mass at 9.45 a.m. before the lesson or the 12.45p.m. Mass afterwards. All those who enrol will be expected to attend the classes regularly each Sunday during term time.

Each year we prepare 150 children for the Sacraments in 6 classes of 25. Each class is taught by a volunteer catechist with a classroom helper. All our staff are DBS checked.

The children will be provided with books and folders and it is important that they bring these to the class each week.   Your child will also need to bring his/her own pencil case to the sessions.

Parents’ Sessions

Throughout the year there will be some important sessions for parents which will run at the same time as the children’s sessions. These meetings are designed to give you an insight into the approach that will be taken during the classes and also to provide an opportunity for you, as parents, to explore your own adult understanding of the sacraments. You are encouraged and expected to attend these meeting since you are the first and most important teachers of your children in the faith. Crèche facilities will be provided during these parents’ sessions for younger children in the family.

Registration Procedures

Registration for the 2017-8 First Holy Communion programme will open in June 2017

2016 – 2017 Programme Details

September 20164thFinal date for electronic registration
18th(1) Lesson+ session for parents
25th(2) Lesson
October2nd(3) Lesson
9th(4) Lesson
16th(5) Lesson
Oct 23rd and Oct 30th no lessons – half term
November6th(6) Lesson
13th(7) Lesson
20th(8) Lesson+ session for parents
27th(9) Lesson
December 3rd SATURDAY: reception of Sacrament of Reconciliation
In the church between 10.30 and 1.00 (details to follow)
4th4th (10) Short Advent service at Donhead at 11am
Christmas holidays: no lessons Dec. 5th to Jan. 6th inclusive
January 20178th(1) Lesson+ session for parents
15th(2) Lesson
22nd(3) Lesson
29th(5) Lesson
February5th(5) Lesson
12th and 19th February: no lessons – half term
26th(6) Lesson
March5th(7) Lesson
12th(8) Lesson
19th(9) Lesson+ session for parents
26th(10) Lesson
Easter holidays: no lessons April 2nd, 9th, 16th or 23rd
April 29th SATURDAY: REHEARSAL DAY/ details to follow
FIRST COMMUNION MASSES:
SATURDAY MAY 6th10:00am12:00 noon2:00pm
SATURDAY May 13th10:00am12:00 noon2:00pm
9.45 Sunday 21st May post communion Mass followed by party in upper hall