First Holy Communion

What is Eucharist?
“Eucharist is the sacrament that completes the process of initiation and is when one can fully participate in the Eucharist by receiving Holy Communion.Eucharist is unique among the sacraments as it is at the heart of our faith. For Catholics, the Eucharist, or Mass, is the most powerful way we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ. Sunday after Sunday (some, of course, gather everyday), Catholics gather to celebrate the Eucharist, the ritual in which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. We who celebrate are also transformed, becoming Christ’s presence to others, and recognising the presence of Christ in others.”http://flameoffaith.org.au/eucharist/

Children must be confirmed prior to receiving First Holy Communion. Confirmation is received in the year before Communion.

Preparation to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion takes place in 2 parts.

PART ONE:

SECOND RITE OF RECONCILIATION

As part of their preparation for First Communion, children in year 4 (who have been confirmed in the previous year) will celebrate a Second Rite of Reconciliation. In this rite, the children gather as a group to hear from God’s Word, listen to Fr Ron talk about the sacrament in light of the scripture, participate in a group examination of conscience and go individually to a priest to celebrate the sacrament of Penance (Confession).

PART TWO:

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

By receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, the communicants are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church.  They are now fully initiated members of the Church. This means that the gift of the Eucharist is available to them whenever they wish to receive it. It also means they now take up the responsibility to be part of the mission of the Church by being the body of Christ in the world.

Sacramental Programme

RECONCILIATION (2nd Rite) & FIRST COMMUNION

2019 Calendar

Event

Venue

Date

Time

Parent information evening

(Parents only – compulsory)

Church

Sunday 10th February

7.00pm

Online enrolments^ (TryBookings)

N.B. NO LATE ENROLMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Open – Monday 11th February

Close – Monday 18th February

6.00am

5.00pm

Part 1 – RECONCILIATION (2nd Rite)

Reconciliation Retreat

 (Parent and candidate – compulsory)

Church

Saturday 23th, February

2.30 – 4.00pm

Reconciliation Family Mass

(Parent and candidate – compulsory)

Church

Sunday 24th, February

9.00 – 10.00am

Reconciliation Home Preparation

(Parent and candidate – compulsory)

Home

Saturday 23th, February–First Reconciliation

Ongoing

FIRST RECONCILIATION*

Church

Monday 11th, March*

7.00pm

FIRST RECONCILIATION*

Church

Tuesday 12th, March*

7.00pm

FIRST RECONCILIATION*

Church

Wednesday 13th, March*

7.00pm

Part 2 – FIRST COMMUNION

First Communion Retreat

 (Parent and candidate – compulsory)

Church

Saturday 27th, April

2.00 – 4.00pm

First Communion Family Mass

(Parent and candidate – Compulsory)

Church

Sunday 28th, April

9.00 -10.00am

First Communion Home Preparation

(Parent and candidate – compulsory)

Home

Saturday 21st, April – First Communion

Ongoing

First Communion Rehearsal approx I/2 hr

(Parent and candidate – Compulsory)

Church

Thursday 2nd, May (for Masses on 4/5 May)

Group A 6.00pm

Group B 6.45pm

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION**

Church

Saturday 4th, May

Group A 6.00pm

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION**

Church

Sunday 5th, May

Group B 9.00am

First Communion Rehearsal approx I/2 hr

(Parent and candidate – Compulsory)

Church

Thursday 9th, May (for Mass on 12th May)

Group C 6.00pm

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION**

Church

Sunday 12th, May

Group C 9.00am

Celebration Mass & Morning tea

(Collection of Certificates – compulsory)

Church

Sunday 19th, May

9.00 – 10.00am

*Only enroll into ONE of the Reconciliation evenings

**Only enroll into ONE of the First Holy Communion masses

^No late enrolments will be accepted.

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Frequently Asked Questions about First Communion

Visit our Archdiocesan website for more background on the Sacrament of First Communion. 

First Eucharist / First Communion