Each May/June the churches of St. John the Evangelist & St. Erconwald (Ingatestone) and Our Lady & St. Joseph (Stock) celebrate as a number of children receive their first Holy Communion.
The children (aged 7+) commence preparation in the early part of the year by attending a series of Saturday morning themed sessions facilitated by a group of catechists. Within this programme they are also prepared for their first reconciliation (confession). , supported by the catechists, holds sessions for the parents which explore the Biblical and Church traditions behind the themes of the Children’s sessions.
The first Holy Communion Masses are a great celebration and are followed by the ‘going forth’ Masses. As the children once again wear their special dresses and ties, this gives all parishioners a chance to share in the celebration and say special prayers for the children as they progress on their journey of faith with Jesus.