At St. Francis Xavier we are able to receive two Sacraments:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Year 3
First Holy Communion - Year 3
Our school prides itself on strong links between the parish, school and home. This means that the preparation for these sacraments remains very strong.
This year, parents are invited to attend workshops with their child, in order to be fully involved in the preparation for the Sacraments. The class teacher will work closely with the parish link and the governor responsible for RE and will take an active role in the celebration of the sacraments.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children at the end of Year 3.
All children in Year 3 are included in the celebration of the sacrament and our inclusive ethos ensures that those children who are not baptised Catholics are enabled to participate as fully as possible in supporting their classmates during the programme.
Year 3 take another step along their Faith Journey, by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a chance to say sorry to God for the things they have done that have hurt God, others and themselves. When God created us, in his image and likeness, he knew we would make wrong choices so he gave us the gift of Reconciliation so that we have the opportunity to put our wrongs, right and grow closer, to God; following in his ways.
Children in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The children prepare thoroughly for this Sacrament. The preparation takes place during RE lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents, and the parish priest. In addition to this, children in Year 3 will visit the local parish and partake actively in school masses in order to further deepen their understanding.
The children receive Holy Communion shortly after Easter. This sacrament is widely celebrated by the entire school and parish community.