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First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2007

Forty children from Chichester and Bosham made their First Holy Communion on 10th June - equalling the number from last year. (St Peter's held their own Ceremony). The Mass was the climax of a preparation course beginning in September, with ten sessions under the care of the seven catechists - and Fr Kieron, including their First Reconciliation in January.

The catechists are:

Sarah McGreal, Tilly Newman, Katie McGreal, Marysia Dembinski, Sarah Allman, Geraldine Hogan and Julie Oldroyd.

Certificates were presented after Mass on Sunday 8th July, followed by a party in the school hall, organised by last year's FHC parents. (The excellent numbers are dependent on the intake and birth rate for their year!)

Photo by Ziggi Janiec

Nineteen candidates were confirmed at Arundel Cathedral on 6th May, together with other young people from the Deanery (our group of parishes).

They attended ten preparation sessions from October, including a weekend retreat at St Dominic's Priory in Lymington. Now they are encouraged to think about undertaking a ministry within the parish community - a welcome influx of the new generation!

Their catechists are:

Sylvia Hitchman, Martin Downy,(who took the photo), Jamie McGreal, Pamela Phillips and Father Royston.

Notes from Julia Janiec