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Children's Sacramental Programme

When we presented our children for Baptism, it was us, parents and godparents, who promised that we would instruct our children in, and bring them up within, the Roman Catholic faith. There must however become a point when the children need to accept and acknowledge their faith for themselves.

Within the Diocese of Salford it is requested that children at the age of seven, receive special instruction about the Roman Catholic church and start on their journey as a consenting follower and believer in Christ. This is achieved through instruction in, and the receiving of, the three of the Holy Sacraments; Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion.

For many years now, the teaching and preparation of the children for receiving these Sacraments has been the responsibility of the Parish. The Sacramental Programme is, therefore, coordinated and made possible by the generous volunteering of everyday lay Catholics from within the Good Shepherd parish who offer their time to act as the children’s Catechists or by making presentations to the children’s parents, so they can help their children through this important stage of their spiritual journey.

The programme consists of seven key modules and also involves an evening session and a celebration Mass, the three sacraments and a final celebration Mass. The modules are taught on Wednesday evenings once a month, where the children are separated into small groups of five or six and taken through work sheets approved by the Diocese and, at the same time, the parents are given a topical presentation in the church above so they are well informed to assist the children on their journey.

The programme commences shortly after the return to school from Summer holidays as your child enters Year 3, with the children making their first Reconciliation during Lent, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in May and taking Communion for the first time as a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church, during June. We then, in July, have a celebration ‘Going Forward’ Mass and a small feast afterwards to recognise the significance and achievement of the children.

No matter what time of year it is, the children will always appreciate your prayers at this important time in their lives.

If you wish to assist in, or know more about, the children’s Sacramental Programme, then please contact the Parish Office who will put you in touch with the programme coordinator.

Programme Dates
Wed 9th October 2019 @ 6.00pm
Meeting at Sacred Heart
Sun 13th October 2019 @ 9.30pm
Mass at Sacred Heart Church
Wed 6th November 2019 @ 6.00pm
Meeting at Holy Saviour
Sun 10th November 2019 @ 9.30pm
Mass at Sacred Heart Church
Wed 4th December 2019 @ 6.00pm
Meeting at Sacred Heart
Good Shepherd Parish Prayer

Jesus, you are our Good Shepherd.

You guide us, lead us and feed us.

Bring us together as one in your name, so that we may grow together in love for you and for each other, and serve you through all those in need, as we follow you,

The Way, the Truth and the Life.