One of the central parts of the ministry of Jesus was eating and meals – especially with the people who weren’t in with the religious crowd.
The minimum age for this sacrament is a child in Year 3. St Paul’s Parish runs a joint First Reconciliation/First Eucharist program, which means children in Year 3 and above who enrol in this program may receive both sacraments in the same year. The sacrament in 2020 will be celebrated wholly during term 3 (from August – September). Children must have completed the sacrament of reconciliation before receiving first holy communion. If you wish to take a family holiday, please do not book anything during term 2 (Reconciliation) or term 3 (Holy Communion).
It is not the physical age of the child that is the most important – what is crucial is the spiritual maturity and desire of the child. The only way that a child can be prepared for any sacrament – but especially the sacrament of communion with the Lord is by regular, faithful and joyful participation in the celebration of the Eucharist each week.
Children who were not baptised at St Paul’s Parish will need to provide a copy of their Baptismal Certificate. Parent Information Nights (where enrolment forms and additional information are distributed) are advertised in advance through the schools and the Parish Bulletin. Attendance at preparation classes is compulsory.