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Parish Priest: Fr.Martin Kershaw

Parochial Administrator: Fr. Michael Harwood

Address: Howards La, Saint Helens WA10 5HJ

Phone: 01744 28196

Masses: Please see current parish bulletins for times of mass and confession


Sacramental Programme: With you always

Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)

The sacramental programme, 'With You Always', is used to prepare children for the sacraments. Meetings are held in school, as outlined below. Children will work on booklets which will be shared with parents, to complete at home.

Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)

Sacramental Preparartion for Year 4 2022-2023

Parents/carers of children in Year 4 who have been baptised and wish their child to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation (First Confession) and the Eucharist (First Holy Communion) are invited to start their Sacramental journey through a series of workshops as outlined below.

All children must attend each of the sessions and then complete the booklet at home with a parent/carer in order to make their First Confession and First Holy Communion.





Who should attend

Thursday 1st December 6pm

School Hall

Introduction and With You Always Booklet 2 Called by name

Parents/carers and children

Thursday 8th December 11:15am

(school time)

St Julie’s Church

Booklet 1 Come to the water

Children with Fr Michael and Mr Royle

Thursday 12th January 2023

3:20pm – 4:00pm


Booklet 3 Come back to me

Children only with teachers and catechists

Friday 13th January 2023 6pm

St Julie’s Church

Receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation

Parents/carers and children

Thursday 19th January 2023

3:20pm – 4:00pm


Booklet 4 A new way of living

Children only with teachers and catechists

Thursday 26th January 2023

3:20pm – 4:00pm


Booklet 5 Teach us to pray

Children only with teachers and catechists

Thursday 2nd February 2023

3:20pm – 4:00pm


Booklet 6 Jesus brings us together

Children only with teachers and catechists

Thursday 8th June 2023


St Julie’s Church Hall

Booklet 7 Jesus calls us to follow him

Parents/carers and children



Saturday 17th June 10am


First Holy Communion Mass dates in St Julie’s Church


Surnames B to H inclusive


Saturday 24th June



Surnames K to Y inclusive


On the day of the First Holy Communion Mass:

  • Children should wear smart clothing for this special event – no casual/sports clothing. Some children choose to wear Holy Communion dresses, trousers and shirt, a tie.
  • One bench will be allocated per family (approximately 10 people on a bench) with space in church for any other guests.
  • Light refreshments will be available in the Parish Hall after the Mass.


Altar Servers

We are fortunate to have several children who are altar servers at church. If your child has made their First Holy Communion and would like to be an altar server (or would simply like to see what happens), please speak to Fr Tom, Fr Anthony or Mrs McCahey.


Little Church

Families are warmly welcomed in all aspects of parish life. In order to help children to participate fully and meaningfully in mass, those aged 3 years and above are invited to attend Little Church during mass. Please see the document below, 'Little Church Invitation' for further information.


History of St Julie RC Church, Eccleston

The following website provides an interesting history of the church:

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