In the coming year, we will be preparing children for First Penance and First Holy Communion. We invite you along with your child to decide if you would like to be part of this programme of preparation for these Sacraments. When you brought your child for Baptism you initiated the process of forming your child as a follower of Jesus. As we continue this journey, it will be an important time for all involved as we grow together in faith and love.

If you would like to enrol your child for First Penance and First Holy Communion, please complete the application form below and upload a copy of your child’s Baptismal Cert.

First Holy Communion

Parish, parents and schools work together to prepare the children to receive their first Holy Communion. Home is the most important place to pass on faith while school and parish build on the work already begun by parents. When you present your child for the Sacrament of the Eucharist, you make the choice to provide them with full membership in the parish family, following initial commitment made at Baptism.

Children should be baptised in the Roman Catholic Church, usually for at least two years, before receiving their First Holy Communion. The preparation period for First Holy Communion is a two year programme, in keeping with the Grow In Love programme. Your child should be baptised before entering this period of preparation for First Holy Communion.

The dates for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will be communicated to Parents/Guardians via WhatsApp.  A letter is circulated to the schools every September inviting Parents/Guardians to registered for First Holy Communion.

First Communion Registration Requirements

If it is your intention to present your child for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, please note that it is necessary that your child is Baptised at least a year before the date of First Holy Communion.

Registration for First Holy Communion takes place in June in the year prior to the celebration of First Holy Communion. The Baptismal certificate must be uploaded with registration. If your child is not Baptised at least a year before the intended date of receiving First Holy Communion, it will be necessary to delay your child’s First Holy Communion until a later year, or a year after date of Baptism.

For those who have been Baptised and who require a Baptismal certificate in preparation for registration for First Holy Communion, it may be acquired via the parish website or through the parish office. The period for registration, when it opens, will not be extended beyond the end of July. It is important to be prepared in advance.

First Communion Preparation Programme

First Communion preparation is parish-based. It involves parish and parents working together in order to help the children to play an active part in the community. The parents of the children, along with some members of the parish team, take responsibility for organising the participation of families at Sunday Masses placing focus on the on-going preparation for First Holy Communion.

Power Points for the Sunday Gospel are available on the parish website. The text of the Gospel is presented along with some points of reflection. This should be helpful for preparing your child in the home. Keep an eye on this website.

First Reconciliation Preparation

First Reconciliation will be celebrated in advance of First Holy Communion. Preparation material will be made available to you through WhatsApp once you have registered for the sacrament of First Holy Communion.

In brief, what is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s unconditional love for each one and a reflection of Jesus’ challenge to us to love one another and to reconnect in love whenever we fail. God is the love that binds us to one another and binds us securely to God.

In brief, what is the Sacrament of the Eucharist/Mass?

The sacrament of the Eucharist/Mass is our family gathering in God’s company where we gather, forgive, listen, reflect, share in the offering of sacrifice for a much greater good, welcome our intimate unity with our Creative and Loving God as we receive Communion. The most important part of the Eucharist/Mass occurs when we take to heart the loving and challenging message of the Gospel out into our lives to build a better and more caring world as we become Christ for others.

First Holy Communion Resources