First Communion Programme
At North Hinksey
Our Parish First Communion Programme runs from January to
the end of May. We use the course ‘God’s Greatest Gift’, and
the programme begins with a formal Rite of Inscription at
Mass, when children and their parents declare their
commitment to the programme.
There are classes after Mass each Sunday for the
children, when one of the ‘Gift’ topics is covered by the
catechist. The children then complete the material in their
workbooks at home with their parents. Parents have four
evening meetings with Father Paul. At these they discuss the
CAFe material used by the group, and issues raised by their
work on the programme with their children.
Children are prepared to receive the Sacrament of
Reconciliation as part of the programme. They make their
First Confession at a Children’s Service of Reconciliation,
usually on the morning of Holy Thursday. Other parish
children are also invited to this service to receive the
First Holy Communion Mass is usually on the third Sunday
in May. When numbers allow, it takes place during a Parish
Mass, to allow the local worshipping community to share in
If you would like your child to join in the next programme
of preparation, please contact the Parish Office.
For details of programmes run in other parishes,
please contact the relevant parish office.
If you would like your child to join in the next
programme of preparation, please contact your parish