FIRST EUCHARIST PROGRAM 2021
Dear Parent/s & Guardian/s,
Welcome to our First Eucharist program for 2021.
The Eucharist is at the heart of “Christian initiation”, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, flows every authentic journey of faith, of communion and of witness.
What we see when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, the Mass, already gives us an intuition of what we are about to live. At the centre of the space intended for the celebration there is an altar, which is a table covered with a tablecloth, and this makes us think of a banquet. On the table there is a cross to indicate that on this altar what is offered is the sacrifice of Christ: he is the spiritual food that we receive there, under the species of bread and wine. Beside the table is the ambo, the place from which the Word of God is proclaimed: and this indicates that there we gather to listen to the Lord who speaks through Sacred Scripture, and therefore the food that we receive is also his Word.
Word and Bread in the Mass become one, as at the Last Supper, when all the words of Jesus, all the signs that he had performed, were condensed into the gesture of breaking the bread and offering the chalice, in anticipation of the sacrifice of the cross, and in these words: “Take, eat; this is my body… Take, drink of it; for this is my blood”.
Jesus’ gesture at the Last Supper is the ultimate thanksgiving to the Father for his love, for his mercy. “Thanksgiving” in Greek is expressed as “eucharist”. And that is why the Sacrament is called the Eucharist: it is the supreme thanksgiving to the Father, who so loved us that he gave us his Son out of love. This is why the term Eucharist includes the whole of that act, which is the act of God and man together, the act of Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
We hope that through this program, your family will work together to prepare your child to receive your First Holy Communion in a way that will give your child a life long love for Jesus and the Church. We look forward to working with your child as they prepare to receive Jesus for the first time.
Before registering your child into our program, we would like you to be aware of a number of things.
1. Our parish First Eucharist program is for students in year 4 and above, who have already received the sacrament of First Reconciliation.
2. Each candidate must attend all preparation sessions at the church and submit the required materials provided by the sacramental team, to be eligible to receive their First Eucharist.
3. A donation of $50.00 is requested from each child participating in our program. This donation covers the cost of the materials and associated expenses to run our program. Those families currently part of the planned giving program will receive a $20.00 discount as long as they record their planned giving number on the receipt. If a donation is not possible due to your financial circumstances, that is OK. We invite you contact our sacramental coordinator Sr. Valerie.
5st March 2021 Online Registration opens
19th April 2021 Online Registration closes
To register, you will need to register by filling out the registration form online and send it back along with a copy of the childs Baptism Cert. if the child was not baptised in our parish.
There will be three or four preparation sessions for this sacrament which will be done in the church on the dates below.
Monday Classes will begin at 4.00pm or 7pm and run for 1 hour.
Tuesday Classes will begin at 4.00pm or 7pm and run for 1 hour.
Monday 26th April or Tuesday 27th April - First Class - In the Church
Monday 3rd May or Tuesday 4th May - Second Class- In the Church
Monday 17th May or Tuesday 18th May - Third Class- In the Church
Monday 24th May or Tuesday 25th May - Fourth Class- In the Church
You will be expected to come to the same session each week. In case of an emergency change, please contact Sr Valerie on 0414 638 884.
Masses for the Sacrament of First Eucharist.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions their will be a limit on the number of guests for each family that are able to attend the First Communion ceremony. This will be communicated during the preparation of the sacrament. We appreciate your prayers, support and understanding during this time.
First Eucharist Mass Dates:
Thursday 3rd June - First Eucharist Mass 6pm
Sunday 6th June - First Eucharist Mass 2pm
Thursday 10th June - First Eucharist Mass 6pm
Sunday 13th June - First Eucharist Mass 2pm
Thursday 17th June - First Eucharist Mass 6pm
Sunday 20th June - First Eucharist Mass 2pm
If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact: Sr Valerie – mobile: 0414 638 884 (no calls after 8pm please)
We suggest that if you have any questions or concerns please contact Sr Valerie before completing the registration form to avoid any uncertainty or disappointment.