Holy Communion (or the Eucharist)

In the Eucharist, Jesus gives himself completely to us.  Jesus becomes the spiritual food we need for life's journey.  The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is a parish based program st Patrick's Sutherland.  This approach acknowledges the important role of parents and families in the whole preparation process, as parents are the first educators of children in their faith.  The Parish Sacramental Team and parish community, as well as St Patrick's Primary school staff and Catechists support families during the program.  In this partnership, the spiritual development of a child can be nourished and grown.  We hope that families enjoy the family centred Sacramental program and experience a warm sense of belonging.  If you have any enquiries regarding First Holy Communion, please contact the Sacramental co-ordinator (Kay Macadam) on either Thursday or Friday from 9am to 3.30pm.  We look forwarding to journeying with families during this special times in their lives.

With gratitude for your faith and support.

The St Patrick's Sacrament Team

Eligibility - Candidates must be baptised Catholic, have received First Reconciliation and be seven years of age or older and be in Year 3 or above.

2017 Dates

Enrolment period - 15 July to 1 August 2017

Parent Reflection and Information evening - Wednesday 9 August at 7pm in the church

Preparation program  from 9am to 9.45am-

Session one - 13 August

Session two - 20 August

Session three - 27 August

Parent/s and child attend Mass during the program at either the Saturday 5pm Vigil Mass or Sunday at 8am or 10am.  The commitment weekend is on 12/13 August.

Retreat day - Friday 1 September 2017

Celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion - Saturday 9 September - 5pm or Sunday 10 September - 10am or 12noon

"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'" Catechism of the Catholic Church 1323.

The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." CCC 1374.

Baptised Youth or adults who would like to approach the Sacrament for the first time should approach a priest for appropriate instruction in the faith. Likewise, Catholics who would like to serve as extraordinary ministers, altar servers, read at Mass, or take Communion to the sick should contact the Parish Priest.

For more information on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church.