Three year sacramental programme
reconciliation, first holy communion & confirmation


"I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst." John 6:35

First Sacrament of Reconciliation 2018

There have been some Diocesan-wide changes this academic year in regards to the preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.

Families are to commit to a three year programme which will prepare and guide children though the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.

Year 3 - Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession)

Year 4 - First Holy Communion

Year 6 - Confirmation (with preparation throughout Year 5)


This year's sacramental programme has now started.

Enrolment for next year's programme will begin in October 2018.

Programme meeting dates - St Malachy's School

Please note: Parents/guardians must attend as well as children

Monday 15th January - 6pm (this meeting has taken place)

Monday 5th February - 6pm (this meeting has taken place)

Monday 26th February - 6pm 

Monday 12th March - 6pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation

For all children and families preparing in parishes in Halifax

Saturday 24th March - St Bernard's Church, Range Lane, Boothtown @ 2pm

Followed by a celebration for all participants 


Sacrament of Reconciliation - First Confession

First Holy Communion 2017

Pupils from the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Malachy made their First Holy Communion on Sunday 18th June 2017.


We would like to say a big 'thank you' to the children, their families and Fr Mahady for their great work throughout the preparation period this year.  It was a wonderful day and we were very lucky with the weather! We are extremely proud of you all!

- Miss Hudson and Miss Butterfield

At St Malachy's School, we support our local parish, Our Lady of Lourdes and St Malachy, to provide preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. We welcome children who attend our school as well as pupils from the parish who attend other schools.


We work to ensure that all pupils are engaged in the sessions and see them as an enjoyable and spiritual experience, bringing them closer to God.


If your child in interested in making their First Holy Communion, please contact the school office.
Sessions usually run throughout the Spring and Summer Terms, and children make their First Holy Communion in mid-June.