As parents, you may remember preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation at school or in a parish group. The celebration of the Sacraments are always joyful occasions as they help to deepen our faith, and help us to grow in holiness as we try to become better disciples of the Lord.
The Sacraments are important for each of us. In order to receive these wonderful gifts we have to spend some time in preparation. The best preparation for receiving any Sacrament is at home, within the family, as you celebrate your faith together.
As your child grows and approaches the age when it is time to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion (usually in year 3 at school) and Confirmation (usually in year 6), the Catholic Parishes of Banbury will help. It is important for families to understand the commitment that you, your child and, family make in preparing and celebrating the Sacraments, and in ensuring that the faith is practiced.
Our two Catholic Parishes in Banbury offer different ways in which children can be prepared for the sacraments.
If your child attends one of our two Parish Catholic primary schools, the sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation take place through the RE Curriculum at school. For children not attending a Catholic school, we offer parish preparation courses.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - There were a number of parents who were unable to make the previous two meetings; therefore, there will be one final meeting for parents on Thurs 10 Oct at 6.00pm in St John’s Church. This will be the final opportunity for registering children for First Holy Communion in 2020. Please note that forms will NOT be issued from the parish office. Closing date for completed enrolment forms is 20 October 2019.
CONFIRMATION - Application forms for registering children for Confirmation in 2020 are available from the parish office from Mon 30 Sept. These forms are numbered and must not be photocopied; each family must collect their own form. Please ensure these forms are completed and returned by Fri 25 October 2019, together with a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate. An information letter containing dates and times of classes, together with information regarding enrolment and a parents’ meeting will follow in due course.