Our Lady & St Brendan's Catholic Primary School

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Catholic Life and Mission


There are seven Sacraments in Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, Matrimony.

In the Diocese of Leeds, the Sacraments of Initiation (Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation) are celebrated for children during their years of primary education:

  • Reconciliation in Year 3 (Ages seven and eight)
  • Holy Communion in Year 4 (Ages eight and nine)
  • Confirmation in the first part of Year 6 (Ages ten and eleven).

Sacramental preparation is shared in our parish with the children of St. Clare's and Father Paul Redmond. 

Please see our school newsletter for further information for mass times and preparation classes.

First Sacraments

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Preparation for the children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion (Eucharist)

Please read the Pastoral letter from Bishop Marcus, 

available in full here. 

This letter explains when our children receive the First Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.  Our school delivers sessions on the Sacraments through family catechesis.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to live out your faith with your child.

Year 3

Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The enrolment in the parish/school sacramental programme should take place at the beginning of Autumn term.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in Lent during Spring term.

Year 4

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion which will be after Easter with the sacrament celebrated in the Summer term.

Year 5

Preparation for Sacrament of Confirmation

Year 6

The preparation will continue an the Sacrament of Confirmation which will be celebrated in Autumn  term.


The Diocese has recently produced resources for families to help in the sacramental preparation for their children.  We are working together with the parish and our families with the following resources for our children;

Year 3 First Reconciliation First Reconciliation – Introduction | Diocese of Leeds - Education

Year 4 First Holy Communion.First Holy Communion – Introduction | Diocese of Leeds - Education

Year 6 to prepare them for their Confirmation (Empowered by the Spirit: The Gift of Confirmation).Confirmation Introduction | Diocese of Leeds - Education 

Adults wishing to become a Catholic, can join the path of formation into the Catholic Faith to receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation to be in full communion with the Cathoic Church.

This can be done through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): this is a journey of preparation leading to a celebration which takes place usually at the Easter Vigil. For further information, please click here for further information:

Sacraments of Initiation for Adults | Diocese of Leeds - Education

For further information, resources or support please contact the Diocesan Co-ordinators of Catechesis, Gregory Stacey (for adult catechesis) or Breda Theakston (family catechesis & Baptism).


Who are the Mini Vinnies? 

The Mini Vinnies are quite literally our mini St. Vincent de Paul team.

Mini Vinnies are 7 to 11 year old children based in schools and parishes across England and Wales, and in several other countries across the world. They come together to form a part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society England and Wales, a voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms. Mini Vinnies meet to pray, discuss and support however they can to help make a difference in their communities. 


Our Minni Vinnies our-

Year 4 Bruno, Zuzanna and Dominic J

Year 5 Max, Liam and Kasia

Year 6 Amelia M , Marcel and Violet. 


Our Minni Vinnies lead the BIG LENTEN SPONSOR Walk . Raising much needed funds for CAFOD

Our Mini Vinnies put their concern into action when they delivered your kind donations of food to St. Patrick’s Mission. Thank you parents at OLSB for working hard to give food to the hungry in Holy Week

Our School is in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Clare

Welcome - St Clare's Catholic Church (stclaresfagley.org.uk)