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 and sometimes the precious Blood 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 four 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 retreat afternoon and rehearsals.

 

Registration:

If you participated in our 2019 Reconciliation Program, you will not need to re-enrol.

If you need to enrol, please contact Suzanne Miceli at sacraments.hic@gmail.com

Please note, your child must be in year 3 or above and completed First Reconciliation in order to proceed with our First Holy Communion.

For any further information, please email Suzanne at sacraments.hic@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you to our program and assisting you and your child in taking this next step in their faith development.

 

First Reconciliation Catch-up

For any children in Year 3 or who missed our 2019 Reconciliation program, a catch-up program will be run on these dates:

Date Time Activity Place
22/03/20 (Sun) 11am

 

10am

Preparation

Session 1

 

Commitment Mass

Classroom

 

 

Church

28/03/20 (Sat) 3.45 pm-4.45pm Preparation Session 2 Church
18/04/20 (Sat)
(School holidays)
3.45pm- 4.45pm Preparation Session 3 Church
25/04/20 (Sat)

(School Holidays)

3.30pm- 4.15pm

 

4.20pm

Preparation Session 4

First Reconciliation

Church

 

Church with
Fr Peter

 

Important Dates for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion 2020 (For Year 3 Students & Above)

Date Time Place Activity
Thurs 2nd Apr 7.30pm Hall Parent Meeting
Sat May 2nd   or

Sun May 3rd

5pm

10am

Church Commitment Masses
Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd,  Wed 6th May Preparation Sessions
Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Wed 13th May Preparation Sessions
Sat May 16th 3.30 -4.30 Church Rehearsal 1
Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Wed 20th May Preparation Sessions
Sat May 23rd 3.30- -4.30 Church Rehearsal 2
Sat 23rd, Sun 24th, Wed 27th May Preparation Sessions
Sat May 30th 1.30-4.30 Church/hall Reflection afternoon & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sat June 13th 3.00- 4.30 Church Final Rehearsal
Sun June 14th 11.30-1pm (Approx) Church First Holy Communion

Preparation Groups (TBC)

Group 1: Saturday Suzanne

Session 1: 3.30-4.30 Session 2: 3.30-4.30 Session 3: 2.00-3.00 Session 4: 2.00-3.00
Sat 2nd May Sat 9th May Sat 16th May Sat 23rd May

 

Group 2: Sunday Suzanne

Session 1: 3.30-4.30 Session 2: 3.30-4.30 Session 3: 2.00-3.00 Session 4: 2.00-3.00
Sun 3rd  May Sun 10th  May Sun 17th  May Sat 24th May

 

Group 3: Wednesday Giselle

Session 1: 3.30-4.30 Session 2: 3.30-4.30 Session 3: 2.00-3.00 Session 4: 2.00-3.00
Sun 6th   May Sun 13 May Sun 20th  May Sat 27th May

 

First Holy Communion for Adults

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