The Eucharist 

The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the Sacrament and the source of great graces that sanctify us in which we receive the Body and Blood of Christ. During the Passover meal 'the Last Supper' Jesus declared to his Apostles that the Bread and Wine He was blessing and offering was His own Body and Blood and each time they shared Bread and Wine in memory of Him, He would be truly with them.

The church teaches us that Christ is still present in the Bread and Wine received to this day at mass, consecrated by a priest. As well as representing a sacred meal, the Eucharist also links to Jesus' death.  

Before receiving Communion however, we must be free of any grave or mortal sin, we should therefore participate in Confession first, otherwise we would be receiving the Eucharist unworthily. We must also abstain from drinking or eating (fasting) an hour before taking Communion. The Church urges us to receive Communion and take Confession frequently as these affect us spiritually and physically through grace and actions, increasing our love for God and our neighbour and helping us grow in the likeness of Christ. 

If we are unable to physically receive Communion (either unable to attend mass or need to confess beforehand) we can pray an Act of Spiritual Communion which allows us to ask for grace and to be united with Christ until we are able to receive Communion again.

First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion is the next celebration following Baptism and normally takes place between ages seven and twelve (years 3+). During the First Holy Communion the candidates will perform their first Confession and will receive their first Communion. The clothing worn during this celebration is often white to symbolise purity. The First Holy Communion is a Catholic ceremony leading to Confirmation.

Application Forms for First Holy Communion are made available at the end of June each year and need to be returned by mid July. Our programme runs from October onwards and the initial First Holy Communions take place on the first three Sundays of June. 

This year's journey began on Sunday 22nd Sept. Please pray for the 29 children and their families – that they may show the commitment necessary to be able to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion over the next 9 months.

If you'd like to receive further information regarding First Holy Communions please contact the presbytery (parish office).