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.
First Step Registration Process
Please complete the attached registration form if you wish your child to
prepare for the sacraments in 2017. This form needs to be handed into
the parish office together with copies of your child’s Baptism certificate
(for all sacraments) and First Holy Communion Certificate (for Confirmation).
Forms need to be handed into the office prior to commencement of the
Sacramental Preparation process.
Second Step Attend sessions as per the schedule
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 Retreat Day is a very special day when the children can prepare
themselves away from normal distractions. It will be held at the Mt Carmel
Retreat Centre, 247 St Andrews Rd, Varroville. (Please discuss with the
Co-ordinator if you have any difficulty with paying this fee).
The fee, which will assist in covering the cost of materials and the retreat day, is payable on registration.
First Holy Communion: $25.00 (includes Missal) plus $25 for Retreat Day
Preparation Process - Dates for Your Diary
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.
First Holy Communion Registration is due by 28th July 2017 at the Parish Office
Sessions: Saturday 12th, 19th, 26th August at 4.15pm - 5.45pm
2nd, 9th September at 4.15pm - 5.45pm
Retreat Day: Friday 15th September, 9am -2pm
Practice: Friday 15th September at 6 pm - 7pm
Ceremony:16th September at 6pm Mass
or 17th September at 8.30am or 10am Mass
For more information, contact the Parish Office on (02) 9603-7373.