At St Martin's one of the higlights of the year is the celebration of the sacraments for the first time in Year 3. We work closely with the parents and families to prepare our Year 3 children so they fully understand the importance of the special occasions First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion.
Normally our sacramental programme would be well underway by this time of the year however, with the current restrictions in place we have had to put things on hold. Along with Father Ravi and the headteachers of the other two parish schools we have put together a proposed plan of dates.
We plan to have our First Forgiveness on Friday 7th May - this will take place during school time and the children will be supported by teachers in school. (If restrictions are lifted we may be able to invite parents to join us for this Mass).
First Holy Communion
We have booked Saturday 26th June for our First Holy Communion Celebration, we would love to be able to celebrate this Mass as we have always done with you and your families but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that there won't be restrictions on the number of guests for each child. We have booked a date as late as possible in the school year in the hope that some of the restrictions may have been lifted. However, we feel it is really important to ensure our children have the opportunity to make this really important step on their faith journey and as such we will work with what ever restrictions are still in place at this time.
Once the children have returned to school we will complete our preparation programme with them in class and further details about arrangements will be sent out during the summer term. There is a parent meeting for those celebrating their First Holy Communion on Thursday 22nd April at 2.45pm.
If your child has not been baptised you will need to contact Father Ravi to arrange this, children must receive the sacrament of baptism before they receive First Holy Communion.