Children have the opportunity to receive two sacraments during their time at St. Luke's Catholic Primary School. The preparation for each sacrament takes place in Year 3 during religious education lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents and the parish priests. At St. Luke's, we follow ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ scheme of work which helps the children to prepare to receive the Sacraments. We also have a special books (The 'I Belong' Preparation Scheme), which help us to keep a record of our preparations.
Sacramental preparation begins with the mass of Enrolment, at this mass, children are presented with a medal. They are requested to wear this medal each time they go to church, whether it be in their home parish of St. Luke’s or elsewhere. This is an outward sign that they are taking the next steps in their faith journey. During this time of preparation, we ask for the prayers and support of all our parish community.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean”, and renews us in Christ. After a period of preparation our Year 3 children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during spring term, before Easter.
The children learn the Act of Contrition:
O my God, because you are so good,
I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
And by the help of your grace, I will try not to sin again.
During this ceremony, Parents and Grandparents are also invited to take part in the sacrament of forgiveness.
Children are presented with a certificate in celebration of this step in their faith journey.
Sacrament of the Eucharist
Through the Sacrament of the Eucharist, we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the Last Supper, that final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. At that meal, Jesus gave us the Eucharist so that we could remember him in a special way. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings. We become one with him, and we become one with each other.
As a community we become 'the body of Christ'. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is received by Year 3 children in May/June after having received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The ceremony takes place at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Frodsham.
Boys wear a white shirt, black or dark grey trousers and a red tie (which can be purchased from school for a small fee) and a red Sash provided by the school. Girls wear a white communion dress. Children receive a certificate and communion pendant to commemorate the day.
Throughout their time of preparation, each child is allocated a prayer sponsor, from the parish community of St. Luke’s.