IN THE COMING WEEKS WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THE REMAING TWO SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
Everyone knows that there are 7 sacraments in the Catholic Tradition. Perhaps fewer people are aware that three of these are given the title of SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION. These are BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION and EUCHARIST. Over the coming weeks, some of our young people will be celebration either First Eucharist or Confirmation. These celebrations are among the most important that we have in our parish’s year. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions mean that we need to limit numbers for everything we celebrate in the church to ensure that at all times there is a 2 metre distance between people – including the candidates. This means that we need to have four celebrations of First Communion Masses, and the same number for Confirmation.
To prevent crowds gathering outside the church we are not publishing exact times although the dates have to be made public to prevent people coming to church for what they thought was a standard scheduled Mass. We simply ask that you keep the young people and their families in your prayers
First to take place will be First Eucharist (better known to most of us as First Holy Communion). Please keep the children, their families and their teachers in your prayers at this very special time for the First Communicants. Please note that there is a VERY STRICT limit on numbers who can be admitted to the church – the First Communicants and very few family members only.
A few weeks after First Communion we will celebrate Confirmation with the p 7 young people. This will be one of the final activities they will take part in as pupils of St. Matthew’s Primary School. What a wonderful way to end their Primary School Careers, by receiving the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit at the very end of their time in St. Matthew’s. Please remember these young people in your prayers too. Again, numbers re strictly limited to immediate family as outlined by the school.