The sacrament of Reconciliation is received by baptised Catholic children. These children take another step along their Faith Journey, by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a chance to say sorry to God for the things they have done that have hurt God, others and themselves. When God created man, in his image and likeness, he knew we would make wrong choices so he gave us the gift of Reconciliation so that we have the opportunity to put our wrongs, right and grow closer, to God; following in his ways.

Holy Communion – Eucharist 

The children usually receive Holy Communion at the end of May. This sacrament is widely celebrated by the entire school and parish community. Non-Catholic peers are included in celebrations and encouraged to be come along to support their classmates.

The school catechist is Father Pawel Bielak


Children continue their faith journey by preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. This preparation takes place through lessons in the parish, where pupils learn to grow in faith whilst considering the role of the Disciple. They have the opportunity to research name saints who inspire them and with whom they can personally relate. During this time they are supported to further develop the idea of service to others through the many responsibilities they fulfil for the school. The Bishop confirms the children, during a moving service which is well supported by the parish community.

The Academy’s catechist is Father Pawel Bielak.

If you do not attend SS Mary & John’s but are interested in preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation or would like to know more about the Catholic Faith please contact St Mary & St John’s Church 01902 900390.