Children have the opportunity to receive three sacraments during their time at Our Lady & St Kenelm School.
The preparation for each sacrament takes place during religious education lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents and the parish priest.
This is usually received by Year 3 children during Autumn Term, before Advent.
The children learn the Act of Contrition:
O my God, because you are so good,
I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
And by the help of your grace, I will try not to sin again.
The ceremony takes place on a Saturday in the parish church during a prayer reconciliation service, where the children are presented to the priest by their family.
This is usually received by Year 3 children after Easter, having received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The ceremony takes place at Our Lady & St Kenelm Parish Church.
The whole class will join in a celebration of their sacrament with the parish community at a Going Forth mass, held at Our Lady & St Kenelm Parish Church. It is followed by a Communion breakfast in the School Hall.
Boys wear a white shirt and a red sash, with a red tie (embroidered with the year) available for purchase from the school office. Girls usually wear a white communion dress.
This Sacrament is made in Year 6, usually during the Summer months. The date is confirmed by the office of the Archbishop during the academic year that the ceremony is due to take place.
The Mass for the Sacrament takes place in Our Lady & St Kenelm Parish Church.
Preparation is undertaken primarily by the class teacher, aided by the RE co-ordinator. The children begin their preparation with a Mass of Commitment at the Parish Church, and also celebrate with a Mass of Light, which takes place in either the school or church.