The East Worthing Parish runs a programme of preparation for children who belong to, and worship in, the parish; are over the age of 7 years and in Year 3 or above in Primary School. Sessions begin in December and are led by experienced catechists, all of whom are DBS checked, and a member of the parish clergy. Parents are their children’s primary teachers in the ways of the faith and, as such, the programme is designed to assist them in this wonderful privileged journey of preparing their children for the sacrament. There are some sessions held on a Wednesday evening in the Gathering Room at the Holy Family church, to help parents update, refresh and deepen their own understanding and love of the Eucharist. It is taken for granted that parents attend these sessions both as a visible support for their children and as an opportunity to engage in the development of their own faith. The children will have their sessions on Saturday mornings in the Holy Family Parish Centre.
THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
 The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
 "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'
[Catechism of the Catholic Church]
An Application Brochure for our Parish First Eucharist Preparation Programme can be downloaded from the 'Download' section of the website (from the second half of the school Summer Term until 31st August).