Holy Communion


As Catholics, we believe that the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith: it is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Pope Francis has called it the “Sacrament of Love”:

“The Eucharist is at the heart of ‘Christian initiation’, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, flows every authentic journey of faith, of communion, and of witness.”


The programme for preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are delivered through the Parish and follow the Diocesan Programme.  Catholic Year 4 Pupils from St Michael’s Primary School are automatically invited onto the programme through the school.  Any Parishioner who has a Catholic child, who is in Year 4 or above, in a non-Catholic school can also be included in the programme – if your child falls into this category please speak to Fr Simon.

Communion to the Sick & Housebound

We have a dedicated team of Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who are happy to take Communion out to those whose health prevents them from coming to Mass. If you or any other Roman Catholics you know, within St Michael’s Parish, would like to receive Holy Communion at home please let us know either by phone or via the ‘Contact Us’ page.