First Holy Communion


We believe firmly in the involvement of the parents in Sacramental Preparation, especially the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.

Parents should register their child for the preparation, by the end of August at the very latest, and children should be in Year 3 of their schooling.

Letters are sent out to those children attending St Edward’s First School, otherwise registration is via the contact below.

Parents will be required to attend two parents meetings over the preparation time.

For First Communion, we use the programme ‘I Belong’, which is endorsed by Bishop Emeritus Crispian, former Bishop of Portsmouth.

The children prepare for both sacraments on Saturday mornings in the Parish Centre, between 10.00 a.m. and 12 mid-day and Fr David takes the children for prayer at the beginning fo the morning, so prompt attendance is welcomed.

The timetable is worked around the 3 school terms. We always end with prayer and song in our ‘Sacred Space’.

First Reconciliation usually takes place in December, following four sessions of preparation and a rehearsal.

First Communion takes place in May, on a Saturday.

To register your children, please contact the Catechetical Coordinator Isobel on 01753 865163 or e-mail