Our Sacramental Journey


At St Francis of Assisi School we aim to ensure that our Baptised children can complete their journey to become full members of the Catholic Church. Children are provided with support within school and the Parish to make the sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist and Confirmation.


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Year 3

This Sacrament was completed by our Year 3 Baptised pupils. To begin with, there was a presentation at Church, where Father  blessed all of the children at the start of their journey. Children were then prepared to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation through 3 sessions that took place at School.  Following these sessions, the children completed the Sacrament by confessing their sins to God. They were then restored to the innocence of their Baptism. The next Sacrament in their journey is to receive Jesus in their First Holy Communion (the Eucharist.)

First Reconciliation (Year 3>  Children who are already Baptised)

Attend Holy Mass regularly.

Introductory and registration session in S Anthony’s church at 18:00 – 18:30 on Tuesday, 7 February 2023. – Please bring Baptism Certificates to this meeting

Three further session will follow:

Saturday, 25 February 2023, 12:00 – 13:00

Saturday, 4 March 2023, 12:00 – 13:00

Saturday, 11 March 2023, 12:00 – 13:00   

For your kind information, catechesis for First Reconciliations will take place at S Anthony of Padua Catholic Church:


Sacrament of the Eucharist – First Holy Communion

Year 4

In order to prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist the children follow the programme ‘Heart Speaks to Heart’. This is completed over a series of sessions, with Father Whitwell. Parents will support them on every step of the journey. Once the children have completed this scheme, they will receive Communion for the first time at Sunday mass on an agreed date with Father. It is important that children attend all three school sessions and attend Mass regularly.

First Holy Communion (Year 4>)

Attend Holy Mass.

Introductory Session in S Anthony’s church:

Tuesday, 25 April 2023, 18:00 – 18:30

Three further sessions:

Saturday, 29 April 2023, 12:00 – 13:00

Saturday 6 May 2023, 12:00 – 13:00

Saturday, 13 May 2023, 12:00 – 13:00

Once the catechesis is successfully completed for receiving Holy Communion for the first time, the formation continues at Holy Mass, the most important of all preparations! After a suitable time, a child or group of children (no more than five), can then make their first Holy Communion in the Parish – such is the path of faithfulness. (28.11.22)

Sacrament of Confirmation in 2023

Year 6

Children will begin this journey in Year 6. They will attend a series of preparation classes at Church which once again, will be supported by parents, before taking the Sacrament in a Diocese wide Mass led by the Bishop. The children pledge to remain committed to their Catholic faith and do their upmost to be loyal servants for God.

All sessions in St Anthony’s church:

Introductory Session: Monday, 25 September, 18:00 – 19:00

(Please bring the Baptism Certificate of the Candidate to this meeting. Please do not attend this meeting if you have not been regularly attending Mass in this Parish.)

Session 1: 21 October, 12:00 – 13:30

Session 2 & Mass: 24 October, 18:00 – 19:30

Session 3: 4 November, 12:00 – 13:30

Session 4: 11 November, 12:00 – 13:30

Session 5: 18 November, 12:00 – 13:30

Session 6: 25 November, 12:00 – 13:30

The Confirmation Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, 1 December at 7.00pm at S Anthony’s with the Bishop of Leeds conferring the Sacrament.

Confirmandi should make their Confession before the Confirmation Mass, ideally whilst undertaking catechesis.

All sessions should be attended, as well Sunday Mass, thank you.

Adults wishing to be Baptised and / or Confirmed should initially attend three catechesis sessions,

7.00 pm – 9.00 pm at S Anthony’s on 7 March, 27 March and 3 April.

 Please give your names to Fr Whitwell via e-mail, thank you.          

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