Sacramental Programme

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26: 26-28

The Sacramental Programme is the means by which baptised children can make their own personal commitment to God and continue on their spiritual journeys.  complete their journey into full membership of the Catholic Church. Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation. The programme begins with the children presenting themselves to God and the parish to say that they are now choosing to continue on their sacramental journey. At the sacrament of Baptism, parents/guardians made the decision for them and now it is up to them. The children then go on to receive the sacrament of ‘First Forgiveness’ and they later receive first Holy Communion – a public declaration that they are now fully a part of this community, this “Communion” of God’s family.

The programme itself strives to help them grow into this community, and feel a real sense of belonging to the wider Family of God.



Traditionally, it is year three pupils who enrol onto our school sacramental programme. However, due to Covid disruptions in previous academic years, it is year 5 and year 4 who will engage in this special journey for 2021-2022.

Year 5 complete both sacraments of Reconciliation and First communion in the Autumn term of 2021

Year 4 will complete both Sacraments in Spring/Summer 2022.


Year 5’s special days

Well done to our year 5 children who represented St Raphael’s so well during the lead up to and on the special days of their First Forgiveness and Holy Communion. We are so very proud of you, as always.  Thank you to Miss Pollit and Mrs Stoddard for their support and preparing our children so well.