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 Eucharist 2023

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).

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.

Enrolment for First Eucharist 2023

It is important to note that the sacramental program starts at the time of the enrolment. Enrolments will be taken from April/May 2023 - exact date TBA. Please check here around that time for more information about enrolment.

The online enrolment process allows parents/carers to choose a suitable date/time for the preparation sessions. The preparation sessions will commence in May 2023 - exact date TBA. There will be several day/time options at both St Mary's and St Brendan's, to be held over 4 weeks. 

Parents/Carers and enrolled Children need to attend all preparation sessions and complete the workbook during/following each session, for your child to be adequately prepared to receive this sacrament.  You are strongly encouraged to attend Mass during the preparation program.

Special Rituals will be held for parents and children at Mass during the program.

St Brendan's Lake Munmorah at Saturday 5pm Mass:

Saturdays June 2023 - exact dates TBA

St Mary's Toukley at Sunday 9am Mass:

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Sundays June 2023 - exact dates TBA

Practice Sessions:

St Brendan's, Lake Munmorah - June 2023 - exact date TBA

St Mary's, Toukley - June 2023 - exact date TBA

Celebration of Sacrament:

St Brendan's, Lake Munmorah - June 2023 - exact date TBA

St Mary's, Toukley - June 2023 - exact date TBA

*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, Lorrie, when you enrol.  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.

Wishing you and your families every blessing as we prepare for the Sacrament of First Eucharist.

Fr. Tomy Kuruvelil, CFIC
Parish Priest