First Holy Communion

This Saturday the last four out of a group of 110 children made their first holy communion. This brings to an end two months of weekend Masses when these young people were finally able to receive the Eucharist and means that all children who were unable to make their first communion due to lockdown have finally done so.

It has been a huge effort to organise this for two year groups of children from both our Catechism Group and St Mary’s.

Many thanks to our catechists for completing the sacramental preparation of the children. Thank you also to all their parents who accepted that for their child there would not be the usual special first communion Mass and breakfast afterwards.

Thanks as ever to our stewards who assisted in seating the families and their relations and friends who were un-familiar with our church and the protocols we are following.

A heartfelt thanks is owed to Christina Carr who led the preparation of all the St Mary’s children. Christina has led the sacramental preparation of St Edmund’s children who attend St Mary’s for a long time, and she has also led the Family Mass group for many years. Christina and her family are moving away from Beckenham and we wish them all the very best for their future.

First Holy Communion Preparation 2021-22

For the academic year 2021-22, enrolment for First Holy Communion Preparation will take place via the St Edmund’s ChurchSuite app. Enrolment is online but the course is face to face.

All applications must be made via ChurchSuite regardless of whether your child attends a Catholic or non-Catholic primary school. Enrolment is open from 2nd August-31st August 2021. 

The course will start in September 2021 and will run twice-monthly on Saturdays, until the First Communions in June 2022.


Who is eligible?

If your child is entering Year 3 in September 2021 and you live in the St Edmund’s parish, then they are eligible to enrol.

If your child has made their First Confession, please also enrol them and a member of the Catechism Team will be in touch with you.

If your child is above Year 3 and you would like them to take part in preparing, please also enrol them on ChurchSuite and a member of the Catechism Team will be in touch with you.

How much will it cost?

A charge of £35 per family is required to cover the cost of books, materials and cleaning the rooms used. Please ensure you pay this when you enrol your child.

If you have any questions, please email us.  


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