First Holy Communion
Many people will have fond memories of their First Holy Communion. Unlike Baptism and Confirmation (which can be received only once), First Holy Communion is a call to share in the constant celebration of the Mass. The Mass is celebrated in the parish every day (except Good Friday) and all are encouraged to share in this sacred meal, this Holy Sacrifice.
The Mass is about our past, our present and our future.
It remembers our past when the night before He died Jesus shared the Passover Meal with his disciples, a meal which explained the true meaning of His death and resurrection. The Mass re-presents for us this life-giving death and resurrection.
At Mass we celebrate the fact that Jesus promised to be with us until the end of time. He is present at Mass in His Word proclaimed, the person of the priest who acts in the person of Christ (in persona Christi), in the parish community gathered in his name, and under the form of bread and wine. We believe as Catholic Christians that Christ is truly present in the great mystery of the Eucharist - bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ which we receive in Holy Communion. In the Mass we pray to the Father, through the Son in the Spirit united with Catholics throughout the world.
The Mass is also about our future. Christ comes to us in the Mass to strengthen us, to feed us on our pilgrimage through life as we journey towards the Father.
Parents of children who are aged 7 years and over may make a request to the parish priest that their child be admitted to receive the Eucharist for the first time. Requests should be made in September of the school year in which the child should make their First Holy Communion.
Parents should make this request in writing to the parish priest and they will be called for an interview to discuss the request. Parents will be expected to attend Mass regularly and to attend a period of instruction beginning in Lent prior to the celebration of the First Holy Communion.