Eucharist

 

Communion

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. As a sacrifice, it makes present Jesus Christ's Body of Christ sacrifice on the cross at Calvary for the salvation of many. As a presence, it is Jesus himself, body and blood, under the appearance of bread and wine. And as food, it is the nourishment of our souls by which we share in God’s own life. And as viaticum, accompanies us on our pilgrim journey to heaven.

First Holy Eucharist 2024

Structure of The Program
The current order of reception of the Sacraments in the Diocese of Broken Bay is Baptism, Confirmation, First Reconciliation, and First Eucharist (First Communion). Children in Yr 4 (or above) who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Reconciliation are eligible for First Eucharist (First Communion).

For the Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Eucharist), candidates and their parents (where applicable) are required to enrol and attend all preparation sessions prior to receiving this Sacrament and candidates must have already received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Reconciliation.

The preparation program for each sacrament is a parish-based program and is structured in such a way, that parents and children spend quality time with each other in preparation to receive the sacrament.
If you wish to be a facilitator for any of the sacraments, or have any concerns, or difficulties, please do not hesitate to speak with Fr Tomy at any time or contact the parish office 4396 4455.

Enrolment for First Holy Communion 2024
Enrolments for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is NOW OPEN until 15 April 2024 via www.trybooking.com.  There are three ways for you to enrol your child/ren:
(1) Use the QR Code found at the end of this content (scroll down),
(2) Click this link to direct you to the website Sacrament of First Hoy Communion 2024, or
(3) go to the website of https://www.trybooking.com/ and type First Holy Communion 2024 in the Search Event Name box.

The online enrolment process allows parents/carers to choose a suitable date/time for the preparation sessions. These sessions will commence 29 April February 2024.
There are six preparation classes to choose:
Mondays at 4:00- 5:00pm, St. Mary's
Mondays at 6:00- 7:00pm, St. Mary's
Tuesdays at 4:30- 5:30pm, St. Mary's
Wednesdays at 3:30- 4:30pm, St. Brendan's
Thursdays at 7:45- 8:20am, St. Brendan's
Thursdays at 3:00- 4:00pm, St. Brendan's

Parents/carers and enrolled Children need to attend all 4 chosen preparation sessions, and complete the workbook during/following each session, for your child to be adequately prepared to receive this sacrament.

A Parent Information Session (refresher) is scheduled via zoom meeting on the 10 April 2024 at 7:00pm.  The link will be available as it closes to the schedule.

Parents and children are encouraged to attend to any Masses particularly during the preparation program where Special Ritual of the Our Father will be held at:
St Brendan's Church, Lake Munmorah:
11 May 2024 at 5:00pm Vigil Mass
12 May 2024 at 8:00am Sunday Mass

St Mary's Church, Toukley:
11 May 2024 at 6:00pm Vigil Mass
12 May 2024 at 9:00am OR 6:00pm Sunday Mass

*Please advise the priest of your attendance prior to Mass.

Rehearsal Sessions:

29 May 2024 at 3:30pm, St. Brendan's Church
30 May 2024 at 3:30pm, St. Mary's Church

First Holy Communion Celebration:
St Brendan's Church, Lake Munmorah
1 June 2024 at 5:00pm Vigil Mass
2 June 2024 at 8:00am Sunday Mass


St Mary's Church, Toukley
1 June 2024 at 6:00pm Vigil Mass
2 June 2024 at 9:00am Sunday Mass

*The cost of the program is $30 per child, or $40 per family (if you have more than one child enrolled). The enrolment fee covers the cost of resources and administrative expenses associated with the Sacramental program.  If you are unable to pay at this time, please speak with Fr. Tomy or our Sacramental Coordinator.  No child will be excluded for financial reasons. 

For any questions, please contact our Sacramental Coordinator by phone on 4396 4455 or email toukleyparish@bbcatholic.org.au.

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