St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Mobberley Road, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 5RN, Tel: 01782 235393

"Learning and Growing Together in Faith and Friendship"

The Sacraments

Sacramental Life

The school and parish work closely together to bring children preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconcilation, Holy Communion and Confirmation closer to God.


Fourteen of our Year 6 children received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 7th April. The were confirmed in their faith by Bishop David McGough in a beautiful celebratory Mass. We then held a Thanksgiving Mass with the children, parish and families on Thursday 11th April, followed by a celebration at school, including sharing a beautiful cake made by one of our wonderful, talented parents, Mrs Wakefield. Thank you very much to Mrs Wakefield, and to Fr. Julian for all of his support throughout our preparations. 


Our current Year 6 children are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation with regular catechesis sessions with Fr. Julian. 

First Confessions

On 11th December, after months of preparation in school and within the parish, our Year 4 children received God's grace in a lovely penitential service followed by their First Confessions. Those children are now preparing to receive the next Sacrament of their faith journey, where they will receive Jesus in the Eucharist. 

First Holy Communion

The school and parish are currently working together with our collegiate partner school St John's, to prepare many of our Year 4 children to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion in June 2020. We follow the sacramental programme, 'I want to make my home in you', which is a thorough, visual catechetical course designed to deepen understanding of Reconciliation and the Eucharist for both the children preparing to receive these very special sacraments and also their parents who attend along with their children several times per month. The sessions are jointly run by Fr. Julian, school staff, governors and parish catechists in a collaborative, planned program to ensure that our children are thoroughly prepared to enter into their special relationship with Jesus through the Holy Eucharist.

Please see below for dates of the catechesis sessions for First Holy Communion this year: 












All of these sessions will be held at 6.30pm at St Joseph's church.

Our First Holy Communion Mass will be at St Joseph’s Church on Sunday 21st June at 11.00am. This will be followed by a Thanksgiving Mass on Sunday 12th July.