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 2021 will be celebrated 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.
The Parent Information Evening for 2021 will be held on Tuesday 4 May, at 7pm in the church. All parents who are presenting their children for this sacrament MUST be represented at this gathering, where information on lessons will be given. Enrolment forms are to be returned at this meeting. If you have any queries, please contact the Parish Office.