The Sacramental Programme consists of a series of meetings and celebrations for parents and their children (Year 3 or older in some cases) in preparation for receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
The Sacramental Programme is the means by which baptised children can complete their journey into full membership of the Catholic Church. Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation. The programme begins with the children presenting themselves to God and the parish to say that they are now choosing to continue on their sacramental journey. At the sacrament of Baptism, parents/guardians made the decision for them and now it is up to them. This year they will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) for the first time and later receive First Holy Communion - a public declaration that they are 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 Three RE Syllabus in Catholic schools of the Salford Diocese. Whilst most of the children who attend our programme will be in Year Three, we do also welcome children from different schools who live in this parish, and we will adapt the programme to the needs of older children.
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.