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At St Joseph’s we believe that it is important for children of the Catholic faith to take part in the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation. The children develop an excellent understanding of how taking part in these sacraments provide a greater relationship between themselves and God.


First Holy Communion and Reconciliation


Children in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion (Eucharist).

They start preparing for these Sacraments in April. The preparation takes place during RE lessons and there are also meetings between the school, parents and the parish priest.

The children receive Reconciliation in May and Holy Communion in June. These sacraments are celebrated by the entire school and parish community.




Children in Year 6 receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The children start their preparation in September, via their RE lessons, ready to receive the Sacrament in November or December.

Once again, there are meetings between the school, parents and the parish priest, in order to assist parents with preparing their children.  The children are always excited about encouraging all their family and friends to join them in church on the night of their Confirmation.



What is Confession?

First Reconciliation takes place in Year 3, before First Holy Communion, and is sometimes called confession. Following the completion of First Reconciliation, pupils are then able to take part in services of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.

What is the Eucharist?

First Holy Communion is the sacrament in which the Eucharist is received for the first time.

What is Confirmation?

The sacrament of Confirmation, the final initiation sacrament, takes place in Year 6.

What is Mass?

Key Stage 2 pupils celebrate mass at least once a half term. Whole school masses are attended by pupils in Year 2 - Year 6. Masses take place in our school hall, but Year 4 - Year 6 sometimes celebrate mass in church. Once pupils have made their First Holy Communion they are able to receive the Eucharist during mass.