First Holy Communion
Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. It is during First Holy Communion that we receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.
The preparation of our children for these sacraments is an important time in the life of every school and Parish. It presents a special opportunity for developing their relationship with God, each other and society.
Equally it presents an opportunity for a school and Parish to be a real sign of communion and mission within and beyond its own boundaries.
The Diocesan Youth Ministry Team (YMT) was set up at the request of Bishop Ambrose Griffiths back in 1995. The main purpose is to communicate the Gospel using various creative means to the young. They gather young people from all over the world to live a community lifestyle for a 10-month volunteer programme, which includes training in various ways of communicating the Gospel.
Within our school we have developed close links with this prophetic organisation working with our children. With the use of drama, mime, music and multimedia they have presented the Gospel in a lively and effective way. In addition to this children have been involved in retreat which supports young people to find their place in “belonging” and “Church”.
For more information on the YMT click on the following link: http://www.ymt.org/