First Holy Communion
First Eucharist is a special occasion, a further step in becoming one with Christ and united with the People of God. Since parents know their children, they are in the best position to determine when their child is ready to receive the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is the sacrament that completes the process of initiation into the Christian community. When candidates share in the sacred, sacrificial meal of the Christian community for the first time, they do so as fully initiated members.
The Registration Process
The first step is to complete the attached registration form if you wish your child to prepare for the sacraments in 2021. This form needs to be handed into the parish office together with copies of your child’s Baptism certificate. Forms need to be handed into the office by 30 April 2021. The children who completed their first reconciliation in 2020 do not need to complete another form.
Attend Preparation Sessions
The second step is to attend the sessions as per the schedule: Sessions: 9 May – 6 June. One parent/guardian is required to attend all sessions with their child. The Sacramental Preparation sessions finish at 5.45pm each Saturday. Please stay after the class for Mass at 6pm.
Rite of Acceptance Ceremony
This is a simple ceremony occurring at each Saturday evening Mass following the preparation sessions. It is a very meaningful way of allowing the whole community to join with you and your children as they prepare to receive a Sacrament. The dates for the ceremony have not been finalised for this year yet.
The Retreat Day
The Retreat Day on 5 June is a very special day when the children can prepare themselves away from normal distractions.
For more information, contact the Parish Office on (02) 9603 7373.