Sacramental Programme

Outlined below are the practical arrangements for the Good Shepherd Parish Sacramental Programme for all eligible children in the parish – children entering Yr 3 or above who have not already been through the programme.

An initial meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th September at Sacred heart Church (in the hall), Colne, at 7 pm for those parents interested in registering their children on this year’s programme.  This introduction meeting will outline the importance and practicalities of the programme.  Please note the initial meeting is for parents only.  At this meeting we will register an expression of interest for your child to take part in the programme so initial numbers/logistics can be worked out. 

Registration & Presentation of children for the Sacramental programme

Official enrolment on the sacramental programme will take place at the first celebration mass on Sunday 13th October, where you must present your child at one of the Sunday morning masses.

Sunday Mass times are:

Sacred Heart – 9:30 am; Holy Saviour – 11:15 am.

Preparation meetings for children and parents

The Sacramental Programme will be based at Holy Saviour School – unless stated otherwise on the table below, Reedyford Road Nelson.  Both parents and children are expected to attend the preparation evenings and will work through the course material as a family unit.  Meetings will begin at 6 pm on Wednesdays and normally finish by 7 pm – there are a few evenings when practices have to be held which may take a little longer.  Please ensure you arrive at Holy Saviour school in good time so classes can begin promptly.  Catechists will lead the families through the material and the session will finish with a whole group assembly in the school hall.

Celebration Masses

Accompanying every evening session is a family celebration mass.  These will be held on the following Sunday during the normal Sunday Mass at 9.15 am at Sacred Heart and the 11.15 am Mass at Holy Saviour. 

Dates for the Preparation Meetings and Celebration Masses are summarised below:

DATE Event Location Time
18th Sept 2019 Parent Information evening Sacred Heart church Hall 7 pm
9th Oct 2019 Session 1 Sacred Heart church 6 pm
13th Oct Enrolment Mass Sacred Heart church Holy Saviour church 9:30 am 11:15 am
6th Nov 2019 Session 2 Holy Saviour School 6 pm
10th Nov 2019 Celebration mass Sacred Heart church Holy Saviour church 9:30 am 11:15 am
4th Dec 2019 Session 3 Holy Saviour School 6 pm
8th Dec 2019 Celebration mass Sacred Heart church Holy Saviour church 9:30 am 11:15 am
8th Jan 2020 Session 4 Holy Saviour School 6 pm
12th Jan 2020 Celebration mass Sacred Heart church Holy Saviour church 9:30 am 11:15 am
5th Feb 2020 Session 5 Holy Saviour School 6 pm
9th Feb 2020 Celebration mass Sacred Heart church Holy Saviour church 9:30 am 11:15 am
4th march 2020 RECONCILIATION Sacred Heart church TBC
22nd April 2020 Session 6 Holy Saviour School 6 pm
26th April 2020 Celebration mass Sacred Heart church Holy Saviour church 9:30 am 11:15 am
6th May Session 7 Holy Saviour School 6 pm
16th May 2020 HOLY COMMUNION Sacred Heart church 12 noon
17th May 2020 HOLY COMMUNION Sacred Heart church Holy Saviour church 9:15 am 11:15 am
11th June Going Forward Mass Sacred Heart church 6 pm

Reconciliation celebration for ALL children will take place at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday 4th March – time to be confirmed.

First Communion Masses

There will be a dedicated celebration mass at which all children are welcome to attend on Saturday 16th May at 12 noon in Sacred Heart Church.  Those who would prefer to receive first Holy Communion during their normal Sunday morning mass, may do so on Sunday 17th during the normal services at Sacred Heart and Holy Saviour.

Final celebration

On Wednesday 11th June at 6.00 pmthere will be a Going Forward Mass at Sacred Heart Church followed by a party in the church hall to celebrate the end of the sacramental programme.

Contact the parish office or Kevin – 07887 582214 or email birdmankjp@gmail.com for any issues or queries.