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St Columba’s is a Catholic school with Christ’s teachings of love, peace and justice at the heart of all we do

 

Sacramental Preparation

 

We have an important responsibility to support families and parishes in the preparation of children to receive the sacraments. We nurture strong partnership between families, parishes and school. We expect all Catholic children who enter St Columba's to be ready and willing to receive the Sacraments as part of their life faith journey and we welcome members of the Parish Community who do not attend St Columba's to join us in the preparation for the Sacraments.

 

 

Confirmation

 During their final year in school, the children prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. During the  Sacrament of Confirmation, God the Holy Spirit comes upon the child just as he did for the Apostles at Pentecost. In this Sacrament the children receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and nurture the fruits that are the living actions of those gifts. This Sacrament concludes initiation into our Catholic faith and children start to take responsibility for their faith development with the skills and gifts they have received. The children prepare for the Sacrament at home, in class and in the parish.  

 

Children are invited to participate in a Mass of enrolment to make a commitment before God that they and their families will take on the responsibilities placed before them.

 

During Religious Education lessons in school, the children study the Holy Spirit in detail. They look at the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit and think about how these will work in their future lives. The children study the events of Pentecost and think about how they will be like the disciples when the Holy Spirit comes down upon them. As Confirmation is a Sacrament of initiation, the children explore how Baptism and Confirmation are linked, focussing in particular at the signs and symbols used in both.

As part of their work, children prepare a project on the saint of their choice. They are encouraged to select the name of a saint who has inspired them in some way. A sponsor is also chosen and has the role of supporting the child in their spiritual life. The children also have the opportunity of taking part in spiritual retreats which enrich and deepen the understanding of their faith.

 

Alongside their lessons in school, the children attend Mass with their families each week and pray at home as a family. The children are encouraged to read Bible stories together and discuss their Religious Education lessons.  Parent meetings and workshops take place as part of the preparation programme.

 

The day itself is a great celebration with children, parents, clergy, staff and members of the parish.

 

Prayers linked to Confirmation

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of your faithful,

and kindle in them the fir of your love.

Send forth your Spirit,

and they shall be created,

and you will renew the face of the earth.

 

 

O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful

by the light of the Holy Spirit,

grant that by the gift of the same Spirit

we may be always truly wise,

and ever rejoice in his consolation,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

First Holy Communion
 

Once the children in Year 3 have made the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.  This sacrament allows us to receive the Body and Blood of Christ and in doing so Jesus becomes a part of us. It is also a gift we receive each week at Mass as we remember the sacrifice of Jesus at his death. The first time children receive this Sacrament it is called First Holy Communion. The children work very hard at home, in school and in the parish to ensure that they are fully prepared to receive Jesus into their hearts.

Children are invited to participate in a Mass of enrolment to make a commitment before God that they and their families will take on the responsibilities placed before them.

During Religious Education lessons in school, the children study the Last Supper when Jesus shared his last meal with the disciples. They look in particular at the breaking of the bread and how this is similar to the celebration of the Mass. By examining the words of Jesus at the Last Supper and the priest at Mass, they learn to appreciate that we are present with Jesus every time we go to Mass.

 

The children study all of the parts of the Mass in detail over the year but focus particularly on the Liturgy of the Eucharist leading up to the celebration of First Holy Communion.  By exploring each of the parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist in detail, the children learn that the Mass is a celebration of thanksgiving and that during the Eucharistic prayer, the priest asks the Holy Spirit to change the gifts of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.

 

Alongside their lessons in school, the children attend Mass with their families each week and pray at home as a family. The children are encouraged to read Bible stories together and discuss their Religious Education lessons. The children are given various tasks to complete at home linked to their First Holy Communion. Parent meetings and workshops also take place as part of the preparation programme. 

 

Prayers linked to First Holy Communion

 

Prayer before Communion

Lord Jesus, come to me.

Lord Jesus, give me your love.

Lord Jesus, come to me and give me yourself.

Amen

 

Prayer after Communion

Lord Jesus, I love and adore you.

You are a special friend to me.

Welcome, Lord Jesus, O welcome!

Thank you for coming to me.

 

 

Reconciliation

In Year 3 children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In preparation for this Sacrament, the children reflect on the fact that they are children of God and that this impacts on the way they treat others.

Through studying Bible stories such as Zacchaeus the tax collector and parables like the Prodigal Son, the children learn about Jesus’ teachings on repentance and forgiveness.

They learn to appreciate that God created humans with free will thus allowing them to make a decision to make good and bad choices. The children learn to think about the consequences of their actions and how this affects their relationship with God.  

The children learn the structure and sequence of the Rite of Reconciliation and are fully prepared to make their Reconciliation in Lent.

 

Prayers linked to Reconciliation

 

Act of Contrition O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you, And by the help of your grace I will not sin again. Amen  

 

Prayer for Forgiveness

 

 O my God, help me to remember the times

when I didn’t live as Jesus asked me to.

Help me to be sorry and to try again.

Amen

 

The Year 3 and Year 6 staff as well as Father David, Mrs Nash, Mrs McAleenan and Mrs Simmons will support families through this important time.

 

 

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