Eucharist (First Holy Communion)
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324). During the Mass, we gather around the Lord’s table and remember Christ’s Passion, sacrifice on the cross, His Resurrection, and His Ascension as Jesus instructed us during the Last Supper.
As Catholics, we believe in transubstantiation - the transformation of bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We ask that only “properly disposed” Catholics receive Holy Communion. This means that the receiving of Jesus’ Body and Blood is set aside for Catholics who are in right relationship with God and with one another. The intention here is not to dissuade anyone from receiving Communion; rather, it is an invitation to heal what is broken, creating a suitable environment for Jesus. The Church recommends going to Confession regularly prior to receiving Communion during Mass.
First Holy Communion preparatory programme is for children aged 7 - 10 led by our Parish trained and experienced Catechists.
Parents are invited to submit the names of their children for the course from August. The course begins with a retreat for both parents and children in November. First Holy Communion is celebrated in May. Parents can either register in the office or by sending an email to the Parish office. Copies of children’s Baptism certificates are required for those whose Baptism was in another Parish.