At St Mary's Catholic Primary School we receive three Sacraments:

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation in Year 2
  • First Holy Communion in Year 3
  • Confirmation in Year 6.

Our school prides itself on strong links between the parish, school and home. This means that the preparation for these sacraments remains very strong.

The children have an excellent understanding of how taking part in these sacraments provide a greater relationship between themselves and God.


The sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children at the end of Year 2.

All children in Year 2 are included in the celebration of the sacrament and our inclusive ethos ensures that those children who are not baptised Catholics are enabled to participate as fully as possible in supporting their classmates during the programme.

Holy Communion

Children in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Year 3 receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion in Church.

The children start preparing for these in January of that year. The preparation takes place during RE lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents, parish catechists and the parish priest.

The children receive Holy Communion in May. This sacrament is widely celebrated by the entire school and parish community.


Children in Year 6 receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is every year and takes place in either St Mary's Catholic Church or Our Lady of Lourdes Church and is conducted by the Bishop and our local Parish Priest.

Bishop McGough and Father Cecil.

Once again, there are meetings between school, parents, parish catechists and parish priest in order to assist parents with preparing their children. The children are extremely excited about encouraging all their family and friends to come join them in church on the night of their confirmation.

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