Children have the opportunity to receive two sacraments during their time at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School.
The preparation for each sacrament takes place during religious education lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents and the parish priest.
At Sacred Heart we follow ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ scheme of work which helps the children to prepare to receive the Sacraments. We also have two special books called ‘Making Things Right’ and ‘Called to His Supper’ which help us to keep a record of our preparations.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23).
After a period of preparation our Year 3 children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Autumn term, before Christmas
The children learn the 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 to sin again.
Sacrament of the Eucharist
Through the sacrament of Eucharist we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the Last Supper, that final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. At that meal Jesus gave us the Eucharist so that we could remember him in a special way. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings. We become one with him, and we become one with each other. As a community we become 'the body of Christ'.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is received by Year 3 children in June after having received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The ceremony takes place at Sacred Heart and St Peter’s Catholic Church.
The whole class will join in a celebration of their sacrament with the parish community held at our church. It is preceded by a Communion breakfast in our school.
Boys wear a white shirt and a red tie (which can be purchased from school for a small fee). Girls usually wear a white communion dress.
Children receive a certificate and communion pendant to commemorate the day.
For Sacramental dates please see our school calendar.