Holy Communion or the first Eucharist. The word ‘communion’ means to be united with; Catholics believe that in Holy Communion we are united in a special way with Jesus Christ.
At his last supper, Jesus said of the bread that he shared among his followers, “Take and eat, this is my body.” When we receive Holy Communion, Catholics believe that in a mysterious way we are sharing in the body and blood of Christ.
Holy Communion and the whole celebration is also known as Eucharist, from a Greek word meaning thanksgiving.
At John The Baptist Parish, parishioners support each other in small groups to prepare their children for these sacraments of Initiation into the Church. Parents are initially involved in this process and attend preparation with their child and do follow up work with their child and present them at the celebrations. Registration, preparation and celebrations dates are advertised in our weekly Parish bulletin. First Communion is usually celebrated mid-year for students in Year 4.
Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Programs 2018
There will be no Reconciliation sacramental program in 2018 and accordingly no Holy Communion program in 2019.
The reason for this decision is that children will now be required to be older when preparing for their Sacraments. It is hoped that this extra year will allow children to have a better understanding of the church teachings and the meaning of the sacraments.
The next Reconciliation program will be held in November 2019, any children in grades Year 3 and above can apply to enrol in that program.
The next Holy Communion program will be held in June 2020, for any children who have made their Reconciliation and are in grades Year 4 and above can apply to enrol in that program.
For more information please contact the Parish Office on (02) 9823 2572
Core leaders for the sacramental program of Holy Communion are Tamara and Kylie.