The time of sacramental preparation is a time when family, school and parish all really work together. Information meetings take place involving the parents, teachers and the Parish Priest.  Parents are asked to take children to mass and show a living example of faith.  Children are asked to do activities at home with their families and to complete their workbook tasks in class and for homework.  Teachers catechise and educate the children about the  meaning of the sacrament and help deepen their understanding.  Parish members prepare the church for the special event and also support children through prayers. 

In St Machan's Primary School the children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Primary 3 and the Sacrament of  First Holy Communion in Primary 4.  Children are now confirmed in P7.  The dates for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion this year are as follows -

Sacrament of Reconciliation 2016/17   Primary 3

Information Evening for Parents                            - Thursday 17th November at 7.20pm in St Machan's Church Hall 

Mass - Rite of Signing of the Cross                        -Sunday 27th November at 9am in St Paul's Church and 12pm in St Machan's Church

Mass - Rite of Illumination                                       - Sunday 12th February (times as above)

Prayer Service for Parents and Families              - Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 1.30pm in St Machan's Primary School                                      

Sacrament of Reconiliation for  all children in St Machan's Parish - Thursday 23rd  March 2017 at 7pm in St Machan's Church


Sacraments of First Holy Communion 2016/17   Primary 4

Information Evening for Parents                          - Thursday 17th November - 6.30pm in St Machan's Church Hall

Sacramental Enrolment Services                       - Sunday 20th November        - 9am in St Paul's Church and

                                                                                                                                       - 12pm in St Machan's Church


Mass - Rite of the Our Father                             - Sunday 30th April   (times as above)


Sacrament of First Holy Communion      - Saturday 20th May          - 10am St Machan's Church

                                                                        - Sunday 21st May             - 9am St Paul's Church