The school and parish of St. Bernadette’s work together to prepare our children of Year 4 age and above to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

The program used is called ‘I Belong’.  The programme identifies themes, which are developed with the children and their parents through evening meetings and are followed by celebration Sunday Masses at St. Bernadette’s Church.

The work of our parish catechists is consolidated in school. Each year our children preparing for their First Holy Communion take part in a retreat day, usually at the Lady Chapel, Osmotherley.

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion usually takes place in June.