Dear Parent or Guardian of St. Mark’s Pendlebury & St. Mary’s Swinton,


Now that your child is in Yr 3, I am writing to invite you to take part in this year’s Sacramental Programme and to present your child for the sacraments of reconciliation, and the Holy Eucharist. The following dates have been agreed with Church and school for the 2016 Sacramental Programme. If you wish your child to make their First Holy Communion in May 2016 then I require your FULL support in all meetings and special Masses that have been arranged.


The special Masses for parents and children will take place at either St. Mark’s church or St. Mary’s Church on the set dates beginning on a Sunday at the usual Mass time,  unless otherwise stated; (Sunday Mass times- St Mark’s 9.45 am, St Mary’s 11.15 am) these I give you now, so that you can arrange any holidays around them. Failure to attend ALL meetings and Masses will be interpreted as your wish for your child NOT to continue with the programme.


Initial meeting for all parents at St Mark’s Church: Tuesday 12th January at 6.30 p.m. when Enrolment Forms from school should be returned with proof of Baptism.


UNIT 1. We are the People of God: (Presentation) Sunday 7th February 2016.


UNIT 2. We are People who Pray: Will take place in School


UNIT 3. We are People who Celebrate Forgiveness: (First Confession).

St. Mark’s Church Tuesday 23rd February 1.30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Church Group One Thursday 25th February 1.30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Church Group Two Tuesday 1st March 1.30 p.m.


UNIT 4. We are People who Celebrate God’s Word: Sunday 13th March 2016


UNIT 5. We are People who Follow Jesus: Sunday 10th April 2016.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: St Mary’s SATURDAY 14th May 2016 at 10.00 a.m.

                                                       St Mark’s SATURDAY 21st May 2016 at 10.00 a.m.


Yours Sincerely



Fr Barry Lomax