Holy Communion

The sacrament of Holy Communion or the Eucharist is one of the three sacraments of initiation (the others being Baptism and Confirmation). While the other two Sacraments confirm our membership of the Catholic Church, Holy Communion nourishes us in our spiritual life.

In this sacrament, we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the last Supper when Jesus transformed the bread and wine into his own precious body and blood. It was on this night that the Sacrament was instituted.

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion

In the sacrament of First Holy Communion candidates receive the Body of Christ and sometimes the precious Blood for the first time. It is the practice of the Archdiocese of Sydney that children receive their First Holy Communion in Year 3 or above. Candidates must be baptised and have received the sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Parish Based Program at Holy Innocents’

“For the administration of the Most Holy Eucharist to children, it is required that they have a sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so as to understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and can receive the Body of the Lord with faith and devotion” (Canon law 913) 

Children from a variety of schools come together to learn and celebrate as a united Parish community. We follow the Sydney Archdiocese preparation program. Children and at least one parent must attend four group preparation sessions. In these sessions, the children, with the support of their parents will be given thorough catechesis on the meaning of sacrament. Content is reinforced by the teachers and catechists in our schools. The children must also attend a commitment Mass, a retreat afternoon and rehearsals.

Registration

If your child completed the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at Holy Innocents' in 2016, there is no need to re-register. If you are new to the our parish program, please contact our Sacramental coordinator Suzanne Miceli.

All parent's should attend the information evening listed below.

Please note, your child must be in year 3 or above and already completed First Reconciliation in order to proceed with our First Holy Communion program.

For any further information, enquiries, please email Suzanne at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to welcoming you to our program and assisting you and your child in taking this next step in their faith development.

Important Dates for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion 2017

Date

Time

Event

Venue

Thurs 30th March

7.30pm

Parent Meeting

Hall

Sun 30th April

10 am

Commitment Mass

Church

Sat 13th May

3.00-4.30 pm

Rehearsal 1

Church

Sat 20th May

3.00-4.30 pm

Rehearsal 2

Church

Sat 27th May

2.30- 4.45 pm

Retreat afternoon

hall

Sat 3rd June

3.00-4.30 pm

Rehearsal 3

Church

Sun 4th June

11.30am

First Holy Communion

 


There will be also four group preparation sessions run by a group leader. 
Times and dates to be decided by leaders:

Suzanne Miceli’s Sunday Preparation group 11am (after 10am Mass)

30th April

7th May

14th May

21st May

 

First Holy Communion for Adults

Adults, who wish to reiceve this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.