With You Always families: June 2020
Dear First Holy Communion families,
As you will know the With You Always programme has been suspended due to our current crisis and we are very sad that the planned and much longed for First Communion celebrations have been postponed. Some of you may already have passed the date that you were expecting First Holy Communion to take place whilst others will be approaching that date. Although you may have completed the seven sessions of With You Always we would like to encourage you to continue to pray together and to talk together as a family, sharing the longing that the whole Catholic community shares as a result of not being able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Our Archbishop, Malcolm, is also very sad that what is always a highlight in our parish communities is on hold until restrictions are lifted. He has recorded the special video message above.
Below is a link to a worksheet aimed at re-visiting some of the themes you worked with during your With You Always sessions. Please consider using these with your children.
There is also a short Guide to Family Resources which has some lovely ideas for creating shared experiences as a family through prayer and through creative activity. Just watching a short video clip can stimulate new ideas and conversation about our faith. Simply click on the link to go directly to these resources.
Many of you will already be sharing in live-streamed Sunday Mass. These can be a real support and if you have not yet done so then we would encourage you to one try one so that our connections as parish and diocesan family can be strengthened. Prayer and a strong sense of community are so important in these days as we ask God to free our world of this awful virus.
Please stay safe and God willing, we will be back together as a community soon.