First Holy Communion

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Eucharist)

Through the reception of Communion we become full members of the Christian community. 

We will continue to help you to prepare your child for this most beautiful Sacrament by teaching them about the Mass in Year Three. 

Many of your children will be ready to join you in coming to Communion for the first time while they are in Year Three. However, you may judge that they are not yet ready, or you may judge yourselves not to be in a position yet to bring them to Mass. 

As with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, while your child is learning about the Mass, we will offer you further education as adults about the place of the Mass in the Christian life, in order to help you to help your children at this stage of their journey of faith. If you judge that your child is ready, but you are not, you could call on the help of the child’s godparents, or you may find someone else who could share this ongoing journey with your child. 

If children receive First Communion, but then have no one to continue to bring them along to Mass, it is hard to avoid danger that the beautiful longing for special communion with Jesus that has been awakened in their soul will fade. They may come to think that Communion is not really that significant.

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