Sacraments

As Catholics, we have the opportunity to receive 7 sacraments.  The Sacraments are actions of God through which He shows us the love He has for us, His sons and daughters. All of the sacraments have been created (instituted) by Him, and that’s why it’s He who performs them through different means.  Ultimately, God gave us the sacraments to give us grace and along with His love, He also gives us the necessary strength to work through the difficulties of life.

In Year 3 (this has currently been disrupted due to COVID delays) baptised children can receive the sacraments of Reconciliation (confession) and the Eucharist. The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered to children in Year 6.

Reconciliation (First Confession)

This is one of the seven sacraments we receive as Catholics. As Catholics, we aim to receive this sacrament frequently (at least once a year). It is more widely known as Confession, when we confess our sins and failings and receive God’s forgiveness, grace and strength to do better in the future. Reception of this sacrament, for the first time, is prepared for in a parish preparation programme for children of Year 3 age and upwards, received shortly before one make’s their First Holy Communion. A regular participation in the Parish Sunday Mass and a commitment to the preparation programme is expected of all families of children embarking on such preparation. The school curriculum reinforces this preparation.

Currently, with the pandemic restrictions, plans for a parish preparation programme for First Confession remain ‘on pause’. Please keep an eye on the parish newsletter for an update on when the next preparation programme is announced in the Parish.

All enquiries to Fr Etienne at: catholicsinsouthblackpool@gmail.com

Eucharist (First Holy Communion)

This is a vitally important sacrament, known also as Holy Communion. In Holy Communion, we receive the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass as food and nourishment for the journey of life. Usually, children of Year 3 age and upwards, who have already made their First Confession, would be invited to go on to prepare for their First Holy Communion through the parish preparation programme. Again, regular participation in the Parish Sunday Mass and a commitment to the preparation programme is expected of each family of children embarking on such preparation.The school curriculum reinforces this preparation.

Currently, with the pandemic restrictions, plans for a parish preparation programme for First Holy Communion remain ‘on pause’. Please keep an eye on the parish newsletter for an update on when the next preparation programme is announced in the Parish.

All enquiries to Fr Etienne at: catholicsinsouthblackpool@gmail.com

Confirmation

In Confirmation, young Catholics (Year 6 and upwards) are strengthened in their faith by the Holy Spirit and so become full members of the Catholic Church. This builds upon the seed of faith planted in baptism and is nourished by a committed life of faith expressed in frequent Confession and the Holy Eucharist. Again, regular participation in the Parish Sunday Mass and commitment to the parish preparation programme is expected of the child/young person and their families embarking upon such preparation. The school curriculum reinforces this preparation.

Currently, with the pandemic restrictions, plans for a parish preparation programme for Confirmation remain ‘on pause’. Please keep an eye on the parish newsletter for an update on when the next preparation programme is announced in the Parish.

All enquiries to Fr Etienne at: catholicsinsouthblackpool@gmail.com