First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion

The following arrangements  have been made as part of the the First Holy Communion Programme for 2023:

  • The Children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in school on: Tuesday 13th December 2022
  • Special Explanation Mass for all parents and children who are to receive their First Holy Communion: Sunday 5th February 2023
  • The Children will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist (First Holy Communion) on: Saturday 10th June 2023

In addition to the above events we would like to encourage children to attend Mass as much as possible. This takes place at the following Churches at the following times:

St Joseph’s, Gilesgate: Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 11am 

St Godric’s, Durham: Sunday at 9am

First Reconciliation

On Thursday 9th December, 2022, our children taking part in the First Holy Communion Programme, took part in their First Reconciliation with Fr Colm and Br Paul. It was especially poignant during the season as Advent as the children prepare for the arrival of Jesus.

Preparation Sessions & Masses

St Thomas More  follows the new First Holy Communion programme implemented in 2011 by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.  Preparation sessions are held throughout the year and end with the First Holy Communion Mass and celebration.

Our Sessions this year include:

  • First Reconciliation with Fr Colm in School
  • Parental Information Session at 6.30pm on Thursday 27th January at St Joseph’s Church to explain the First Holy Communion programme for this year
  • Father Colm will celebrate Mass on Sunday 6th February at 3pm. This will be a special Mass where the sections are explained as it is being celebrated in order to further develop your understanding of the Mass.


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