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With One Voice

The Catholic Parishes of St Agnes’ Crawcrook, St Joseph’s Highfield and Our Lady of Lourdes Chopwell

Part of the Ovingham Parish Partnership in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

The parishes follow the new diocesan programme for preparing (usually Year 4) children for these sacraments. The resource materials are taught both in school and in catechist groups. At regular Sunday Masses, the children and their families share particular liturgies with parishioners.  The programme starts in September and lasts until the following summer. Application for the process usually takes place the summer before the programme begins.

The general emphasis is that the whole community takes part in various ways in helping the children appreciate Jesus’ presence in these two beautiful sacraments. We are extremely grateful to our teams of parish catechists for their wonderful contribution to the programme.

Sacramental Preparation 2021-22 

Sacramental Preparation Candidates' Enrolment
Candidates for Sacramental Preparation were officially enrolled on the programme on the weekend of Sunday 7th November. Children from all three parishes came forward with members of their family to formally submit their applications at the special Rite of Enrolment liturgy during the Sunday Mass. The children look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, before preparation for Holy Communion in the Spring.

On the Feat of Christ the King, our candidates returned to Sunday Mass. After the homily, the candidates renewed their baptismal promises with a firm 'I do' and dipped their hands into the font to be blessed with baptismal water.