Children and parents, you are about to begin a most blessed year of preparations for your FHC.
To receive the Body of Christ worthily is the greatest privilege. We want to help you as much as possible. Here are the main parts of getting ready to welcome the Lord Jesus into the “home” of your heart…
Do This in Memory of Me (DTIMoM) Mass dates are listed in tab FHC dates.
The core elements of the child’s preparation for their FHC are…
1: Attendance at all of the allocated family masses listed in the FHC dates page. Should you not be able to make a specific date, you must email the parish office or one of the programme organisers (oughterpari[email protected] or other, but not Fr Michael please) to notify us in advance, and then make arrangements for the child to attend mass in another parish on the same weekend (unless serious reasons do not allow this). WEEKLY SUNDAY MASS IS ALWAYS RECOMMENDED, and may become a requirement in future years.
This year of 2022-2023 we will be introducing a First Holy Communion Passport, where the children can have their little passports stamped after each mass.
2: Completion of the THUMB book with exercises and completion of the worksheets over the course of the year, with deadlines for each worksheet. These are downloadable at the bottom of the FHC practicalities.
3: Very importantly, in fact of most importance, create a real space for prayer and silence every day in your home. This is not an intrusion, but a chance to connect with God and with each other on a deeper level. This is where true peace comes from, not worldly comforts.
4: Ask your child to commit to the off-line challenge between now and their First Holy Communion.
What is the “off-line challenge”?
All sacrament preparation children are strongly encouraged to take the off-line challenge one weekend per month. This means they will have to avoid the use of ALL game consoles, tablets and phones, while limiting the use of TV to a maximum of 3 hours only. It is a very important exercise to unplug from media and again re-discover our inner life. This is essential for our growth and human beings and as Christians.
CHILDREN, PLEASE BE CREATIVE IN HOW YOU USE ALL THIS EXTRA TIME. HAVE FUN!!!
Remember, keep up your prayers, especially morning and evening, and let this special year unfold naturally for your child and your family.