As Catholics, we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ through the Eucharist or Holy Communion.  We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in our midst.

The celebration of the Eucharist is not a private devotion but rather a communal gathering. We come together at the same time and in the same place so that we can take part in a common action.  It is often referred to as “communion,” a joining together of the members of the community, not only with God but also with each other.

You can read more about the Eucharist here

Any who has been received into the Catholic Church and is over the age of 7 can receive Holy Communion once they have been through a preparation programme.  Please see programme details below:

First Holy Communion for Children

First Holy Communion Programme 2021/22


The application process for the next cohort on our First Holy Communion programme for 2021/22 is now open and accepting applications.


Your child will need to be in Yr. 4 or above from this September and you need to live in the parish boundaries of Woolston and Netley Parishes and be regular attendees at Mass. If you are not regular to Mass and still wish your child to receive their First Holy Communion then you will be asked to meet with Fr Ross for a conversation about this.


Please note that we no longer accept applications from those who live in other parishes due to limits on numbers.


I remind all parents that the Sacraments of the Church are not a right, but they are a rite of the Church for those who practise their faith and try their hardest to bring up their child as best they can in the faith. These are the promises made by you at your child’s baptism.


To apply for a place, please email the parish office with your name/s, your child’s name and date of birth and with your current address and which school your child attends. Application forms will then be sent out to you.

God bless, Fr Ross.


We still need volunteers to help with the running of these programmes and we cannot offer these programmes unless we get more volunteers stepping up to the plate to help.   So please have a think about helping out with the running of the FHC Programme.   We currently have a number of roles that need to be filled for these programmes to run in future, they don’t all involve teaching, have a look and contact the Parish Office if willing to help!




Roles to be filled include:


Administration; registration, email contact, resources – payment of.


Accompanying support; welcoming parents at sessions, refreshments.


Supporting catechist sessions both for parents and children


Catechists – both parents and children (training will be given = Catechist Certificate).

Adult Reception into the Catholic Church

The Catholic Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a programme for anyone over aged 18 who would like to be received into full communion with the Catholic church, whether or not they have previously been baptised in a Christian church.  We currently plan to run the next programme once we are over the COVID pandemic restrictions. 

 The next programme will hopefully start in September 2021 and candidates are received into the Church the following Easter.  More information can be found here.