The preparation of our children to enable them to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is an important time in the life of St. Aidan’s Catholic Primary School and St. Aidan’s Parish. It presents a special opportunity for developing their relationship with God, each other and society. The sacramental preparation is led by catechists in St. Aidan’s Parish.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
This is the Sacrament of forgiveness, of God’s loving mercy and of conversion. As with the other sacraments it was instituted by Jesus Christ himself. It was on Easter Sunday when Christ first appeared to the Apostles after his Resurrection. Breathing on them, he said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained”. After a period of preparation, our children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Autumn term.
Sacrament of First Holy Communion
During First Holy Communion children 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). For Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.