First Holy Communion



By the consecration [during the celebration of the Eucharist/Mass] the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about.  Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity.  CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (CCC) No. 1413 

Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the communicant’s union with the Lord, forgives his/her venial sins and preserves him/her from grave sins.  Since receiving the sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.  CCC No. 1416 

The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion each time they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges them to do so at least once a year.  CCC No. 1417


Children in Year 3 or above  prepare for First Communion and First Confession at the same time. Those attending St Anne’s school will  prepare to receive these sacraments in school but if your child does not go to St Anne’s then they can join a preparation group in the parish.

Preparation for First Holy Communion  begins after Christmas. If you would like to add your child to the list before then just ring the parish office on 0118 9471787 with the name of your child  and parental contact details. At the first meeting, you will be asked to complete an enrolment form.

Fr Patrick looks forward to seeing you and the family at Mass each weekend.




Recent News

St Vincent de Paul Befriending

The St Vincent De Paul Society would like to hear from elderly parishioners of the parish, their relatives, neighbours and …

Past Reflections and Thoughts

Fr Patrick’s weekly video Reflections, and his Thoughts for the Week, for past weeks may be found in the Gallery.

Going into hospital

On admission to Royal Berkshire Hospital all Catholics should inform the hospital staff that they are Roman Catholic and if …