Preparation for

First Holy Communion

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Children's Liturgy

at Sunday 9am Mass

During our Sunday 9am Mass we have a Children’s Liturgy led by our amazing team of volunteers. It is the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel for all children under 11 years old. Children’s Liturgy runs during term time, listen out for the invitation at the start of Mass for all children to come forward.

Dates for the journey ahead

Sat 16th Mar

Mass for all children & parents 2/3pm – all groups will gather at the same time (2pm) for Mass in the Church with their parents. This will be an important walk through of the Mass. 

Sun 17th Mar

9am Family Mass in the Church (children go to Baptismal font)

Tues 16th Apr

Parents gathering 7:30pm in the Parish Centre Hall. 

Sat 20th Apr

Groups for children – groups and their timing are allocated and sent by email

Sun 21st Apr

9am Family Mass in the Church (children go to Baptismal font)

11th/

12th May

First Holy Communion Masses – the exact timings of the Masses and their allocation will be done closer to the time

Sun 2nd June

Corpus Christi 12pm Mass & Celebration – we celebrate the end of the journey towards First Holy Communion with Mass, a jubilant procession and a celebration together afterwards. The children will receive a certificate as a reminder of the day they made their First Holy Communion.

Get in touch

Get in touch

formation@ealingabbey.org.uk

Your Preparation - Week 1

Jesus the Bread of Life

Today we will learn about the ways God provided for the Israelites and how Jesus provided for his disciples. We will hear about the miracles Jesus performed to feed people’s bodies and nourish their hearts. This will help us understand why we call Jesus the Bread of Life. 

Let us pray

We begin every prayer with the Sign of the Cross.  Father in heaven, You have always fed your people, no matter where they are. Today you feed your Church in the Holy Eucharist. Teach us to know Jesus in the Eucharist. We ask this in his name. Amen.

Let us pray the Our Father together. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Letter to God

Bring this activity with you to our Saturday gathering (16th March)

Find a piece of paper, write a Letter to God about your First Reconciliation and how you felt knowing you were forgiven. Bring the letter with you when we meet on Saturday 16th March for the Mass together. It will be part of the offering during Mass. 

Why do we receive Jesus’ Body and Blood at Mass?

One day Jesus was teaching a very large crowd of people. The crowd had followed Jesus for a few days and were very hungry. The disciples started to worry about how the crowd would get food. 

Andrew realised that a boy had some food but it was hardly anything, just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. That’s not enough for 5 thousand people. 

However, Jesus took what the boy offered, he gave thanks to God for them and then gave the people as much as they needed to eat. Everyone ate loads. When they were finished, Jesus asked his disciples to gather up the leftovers. The leftover bread filled 12 whole baskets. 

It was an amazing miracle! Imagine begin there. 

The next day the people wanted more miracles. But Jesus replied that he wanted to give them something more important that ordinary bread. Jesus could give them the bread of eternal life. When we eat ordinary bread we get hungry again, but the bread from God is different. Jesus doesn’t mean that our tummies will never be hungry again, but that the Bread of Life fills our souls with God’s life. It brings us closer to God than we can ever imagine. 

The people asked Jesus to give them this bread. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life, anyone who comes to me shall not hunger, and anyone who believes in me shall never thirst … I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, they will life for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 

The Bread of Life is Jesus’ own Body. The Bread of Life is the Eucharist. We receive Jesus’ Body and Blood at Mass. 

After some time Jesus gathered the disciples and those closest to Him for a meal, it is called The Last Supper. Jesus took the bread and said, “This is my Body.” Jesus took the chalice of wine and said, “This is the chalice of my Blood.” Jesus then told the apostles to carry on doing this. 

When we gather together at Mass the priest continues what Jesus did at The Last Supper. The priest takes the bread and wine and says, “This is my Body … This is my Blood.” And the bread and the wine become Jesus’ Body and Blood, just as Jesus said it would. 

Talk it out with your parent

What happens to the bread and wine in the Mass?

Video

Have a great week

Your Preparation - First Reconciliation

Your first reconciliation

Today we will hear we will learn about how to get ready to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will also learn what happens during the Sacrament. We will be confident when we receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

We begin every prayer with the Sign of the Cross. 

“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Father in heaven, It is hard to talk about things we have done wrong. Help us to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us be brave and honest about our sins. Help us remember that it is Jesus who listens and forgives us. We ask this in his name. Amen. 

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have Jesus forgive you?

Do you remember Peter? He was one of the Apostles. The Apostles were Jesus’ closest friends and followers. Jesus made Peter their leader, but Jesus knew that Peter was sometimes weak, like all of us. 

One night, Peter did something terrible. Some soldiers arrested Jesus and took him away. Some people in the crowd asked Peter if he was one of Jesus’ followers. Peter was afraid and denied even knowing Jesus, not just once but three times. Peter pretended that he never knew Jesus at all. 

When Peter realised what he had done he was ashamed and went away and cried. 

Later when Jesus rose from the dead Jesus came to Peter and they talked. 

Peter denied Jesus three times. Now Jesus gives Peter the opportunity to say come back from that place by telling of his love for Jesus three times. Three times, Jesus showed Peter his mercy and forgiveness, Jesus drew Peter back to him. Jesus healed his friend. 

Peter sinned, he was deeply sorry, Jesus forgave Peter and healed Peter and restored their relationship. 

The Church continues Jesus’ work 

We have spoken before about the Church continuing Jesus’ work. Well Jesus didn’t just want Peter to be forgiven and restored in love and healed. Jesus wanted each of us to have that opportunity as well. That is why Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Jesus knows we are not perfect, Jesus knows that we are like Peter sometimes. When we go to Confession, we are showing Jesus that we love him and need his forgiveness. Jesus forgives us and shows us how much he loves us too. 

Talk it out with your parent

How are we like Peter? 

How do you think Peter felt after denying his friend Jesus? How do you think Peter felt after Jesus restored their friendship?

Getting Ready for Reconciliation

We receive Jesus’ forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Receiving this Sacrament is the way Jesus wants us to know we are forgiven. 

We know that on the day of your First Reconciliation you may be a bit nervous because it is a new experience. You’re probably excited nervous or a little bit intrigued or a little bit scared. That’s ok. Just remember these important things: 

  • Everyone is there to help you. The Priest is there to help, your parent is there to help, the volunteers are there to help
  • It is good to memorise the words and the steps if you can, but don’t worry if you can’t, the Priest will help you anyway
  • You can print off anything on this page to have with you on the day
  • God loves you so much and is delighted that you want to go to your First Reconciliation. You’re showing him that you love him and want to get rid of the things that hold you back from loving him more
Parents – one of the best ways to prepare your child for their First Reconciliation is to practice the steps. You can create a little role play with your child. 

6 Steps

It is helpful to think of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as 6 steps: 

  1. We examine our conscience 
  2. We confess our sins 
  3. We receive guidance and gives us a penance prayer 
  4. We say sorry to God 
  5. Jesus forgives us through the priest 
  6. We pray the prayer the priest gave us, thank Jesus for his mercy and light a candle 

 

Handout – We have put together a sheet which we hope will help you. Go through the sheet at home as a practice. We will have printed copies on the Saturday of the First Reconciliation. CLICK HERE.

On the day of the First Reconciliation 

Children come with a parent. Your First Reconciliation is a great joy so the close immediate family are invited to share in this amazing moment. All the family are also invited to receive Jesus’ mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the same day as their child. There is plenty of time so please feel welcome to go as well. It is an amazing example and witness to your child as well. 

Stick to the time your group was given, we have spaced out the timings to allow for parents and other older children in the family to go. 

Some useful videos

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Being forgiven by God is one of the greatest experiences.

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God will go to great lengths to help you know his love and mercy.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the greatest moments in life.
Intro

Hello everyone.

It’s the very last week of our online preparation. I hope you have enjoyed the preparation. 

A date for the diary – Sunday 11th June 12pm Mass. There is a gathering to give out certificates for each child and to give thanks to all the catechists for their amazing input. 

The power of prayer

Before beginning their service project, Ben, Sarah, and their friends explore the power of prayer with Sr. Rosa.

From the Bible: I Will Always Be with You

Taking a break from fixing up Mr. Fitzgerald’s house, Ben, Sarah, and their friends are surprised to learn that we all have a special role to play in sharing God’s love with the world.

Trusting God

Fr. Tom, Sr. Rosa, Max, Jessica, Tiny, Isabella, Elijah, and even Hemingway share parting words of wisdom and encouragement.

Closing Prayer

The angels and saints in heaven are cheering and praying for you to become the-best-version-of-yourself! Ben and Sarah lead us in prayer, calling upon the angels and saints to continue to pray for us.

Send us Your Snapshot

I hope you have enjoyed the videos for this week.

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Parish Confession Times

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in the Church at the following times:

Thursday

Saturday

Saturday

7:45 – 8:15PM

10 – 11AM

4 – 5PM