First Communion and Confirmation

First Communion & Reconciliation - "Saturday Classes"

The Saturday classes are for children wishing to make their First Holy Communion at St Augustine's. The classes are aimed at children in Yrs 3-5 (i.e. aged 8 - 10). Registration begins in November.. You will need a copy of the child's baptism certificate to register.

Classes start at the beginning of January and will run in parallel with the school year, with breaks for the school holidays. We meet at St Augustine’s in the Upper Room at 11am and the lessons end at 12.30pm with a short prayer to which parents are invited.   With larger numbers there is also a group which meets from 2.00-3.00pm

The classes are structured around work books which cover preparation for Reconciliation and for First Holy Communion. Each lesson will involve group discussion where we encourage all the children to actively take part, and we allocate some time for the workbooks. However, children will be expected to spend time working on the books at home. This will require some parental involvement.

Children will also receive a Mass book which we shall study in class, spending some time explaining the elements of the Mass. With this in mind it is important for the children to regularly attend Mass so they are able to follow our explanations.

As part of the preparation process and also a means of introduction to the larger Church community the children are given the chance to carry out the readings at a 9am Sunday Mass in early spring. They will also write and read their own bidding prayers for this service.

At the end of the first part of their preparation, there is a Service of Reconciliation at which the children receive the Sacrament for the first time.

First Holy Communion takes place at a special Mass (or two, if the numbers are large)  in mid-late June.

Parents wishing their children to be included in the new intake were invited to attend a meeting on 29th September, If you missed this , please speak to Fr Jonathan aftar a Mass. This is to give us an early idea of likely numbers. If necessary because of numbers, there will again be a Saturday afternoon class to cater for an overflow. There will also be reminders of when the classes start in the newsletter.

Parents will need to attend the first Saturday morning class in early January with their children for formal registration and an opportunity for more detailed explanation and discussion about the classes.


Confirmation takes place every other year. The most recent one took place on 25 May 2017. Registration for the next is likely to begin at the end of 2018 and it will probably run for several weeks before and after Easter., usually on Thursday evenings.  It is pitched at Year 9 onwards.  If parents are keen for a Confirmation course sooner than that, they should enquire at Blessed John Henry Newman parish who run a course in years alternating with ours. 

Contact Details
First Communion contact - John Hogwood

First Communion photos 2016 click here.

Confirmation contact - Mark Sarl