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.
Sydney Archdiocese has advised us that all First Holy Communions have been postponed indefinitely due to social distancing requirements. All preparations, including the upcoming parent meeting, have been cancelled until further notice.
We will update this page with more information as it becomes available. Please check back at the end of July for potential updates.
First Holy Communion for Adults
Adults, who wish to receive this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.