Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion


First Holy Communion


The sacrament of First Holy Communion is prepared for in the parish community as directed by the bishop.

The sacramental programmes are headed by Patricia Cobby and a team of catechists.

Each year, children who have reached the age of 8 (as of 31 August 2019) are prepared for First Holy Communion. The programme runs from October to June each year.

Please bear in mind that for children to be enrolled, they must be observant in the practice of their faith. They must be able to bless themselves and know the basic prayers, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. They must attend Mass on a regular basis and be known to Fr David. If the family attend Mass in another parish, then they should enrol their child in that parish to receive the Sacraments.

Applications for First Holy Communion must be made through Fr David, parish priest, who will then pass it on to appropriate catechistic team.

First Holy Communion Programme 2019

The programme consists of:

At the Mass of Inscription, the children will receive a certificate, enrolling them onto the course and the parish get the chance to see them so that they can remember them in their prayers. There will also be a group photo of the children which is put up at the back of the Church to remind parishioners that the programme is happening. Parents will be asked to give consent for their child to be included in the photograph.

Contact details: Ms Patricia Cobby (01799 501478)

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