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 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 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 reflection afternoon and rehearsals.

 

2022 Sacramental Program

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion Program will begin in Term 4 of 2022 for Year 3 students and above. The Sacrament will be administered in November 2022.

Please note, your child must have already completed the First Reconciliation Program in order to proceed with our First Holy Communion program.

Please refer back to this page in September 2022 for further information.

For any concerns please contact Suzanne Miceli at sacraments.hic@gmail.com

 

First Holy Communion for Adults

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