The sacrament of Holy Communion brings to completion the Christian process of initiation. In this sacrament, we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the Last Supper, that final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. At that meal, Jesus gave us the Eucharist so that we could remember him in a special way. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings. We become one with him, and we become one with each other. As a community, we become 'the body of Christ'.
The Sunday Eucharist (Sunday Mass) is the highpoint of our worship as a parish. Holy Communion is taken to the sick and housebound after each Sunday Mass by Ministers of Communion.
Because the Eucharist is our sign of unity as a community, one must be a Catholic to receive Holy Communion. Catholic children usually make their First Eucharist (receive First Communion) at age nine (Year 4 and above). They prepare for this through the Children's Sacramental Programme.
When an adult is baptised, he or she will normally receive their First Communion in the same ceremony at their baptism. Their preparation for this is usually through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
For more information please contact the Parish office.