A child’s first reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist normally takes place in school Year 3 - the year in which the child reaches the age of 8 - or later. The child will be expected to take part in a programme of preparation, and there will also be preparation sessions for parents.
If you are sick or housebound, you may feel cut off from the spiritual life of the Church, especially from the Mass. Receiving Holy Communion keeps you ‘in communion’ with Christ and the Church at these times. Holy Communion may be brought to you by a lay minister of Holy Communion.
All of the sick or housebound are an important part of the parish, so please inform Fr Peter or Elizabeth Howe if you are unable to be at Mass even for a short time, so that you may be brought Holy Communion at home.
The Parish Priest will invite suitable parishioners to undertake this important ministry. After preparation and training in the parish, the new minister will be commissioned by the Bishop for one year. The commission is renewed annually in the parish, normally on the feast of Corpus Christi. As well as assisting with the distribution of Communion at Mass, ministers may be asked to take Communion to sick and housebound members of the parish.