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Sacramental Programme 2024

Sacramental Programme

The Sacramental Programme is facilitated by a team of Catechists from the Parish of the Good Samaritan, Fr David our Parish Priest and staff from each of the primary schools (St Mary's, St John's and Christ the King).     

The Sacramental programme consists of a series of meetings and celebrations for parents and their children (Year 3 or older in some cases) in preparation for receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

The Sacramental Programme is the means by which baptised children can make their own personal commitment to God and continue their spiritual journeys into full membership of the Catholic Church. Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation. The programme begins with the children presenting themselves to God and the parish to say that they are now choosing to continue on their sacramental journey. At the sacrament of Baptism, parents/guardians made the decision for them and now it is up to them. The children then go on to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and they later receive first Holy Communion – a public declaration that they are now fully a part of this community, this “Communion” of God’s family.

The programme strives to help children grow into our community and feel a sense of belonging to the wider Family of God.

The Sacramental Programme runs in parallel with the Year Three RE Syllabus in Catholic schools of the Salford Diocese. Whilst most of the children who attend our programme will be in Year Three at St. Mary's, we also welcome children from different schools who live in this parish, and children further up the school who missed out on the Sacramental Programme when they were in Year 3.

Please see Fr David or any of the Catechists if you have any questions about the Sacramental Programme.

Please click here for the dates and times of the 2024 Sacramental Programme.


Resources to help parents support their children through the Sacramental Programme: