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Religious education


The sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation mark the beginning of a journey of coming to know Jesus Christ – a relationship which continues right through life.

Further education in faith at home, in the parish and at school builds on this beginning – providing a gradual integration of children into the sacramental community. A sacramental community is one which is always working to deepen its faith, to celebrate more prayerfully and effectively and to share itself with the world.

For information on preparing children for the sacraments, roles and expectations and Sacraments of today click on the link for the Sacramental Journey booklet.

Note that at St Columba’s sacraments are not compulsory.

Reconciliation – Year 3
The Sacrament of Healing – Reconciliation – celebrates the many moments in our everyday life that we ask for and offer forgiveness and healing. (Reconciliation is sometimes called Confession).
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First Eucharist – Year 4
The Sacrament of First Eucharist (also called First Communion) is a celebration of the first time the child comes to Communion – that is, they receive the body and blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine for the first time.
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Confirmation – Year 6
The Sacrament of Confirmation celebrates the gifts we have been given by God for the use of the world, and involves committing ourselves to using them. Confirmation completes a person’s initiation into the Catholic Church.
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