Eucharist – First Holy Communion

In the words of the Second Vatican Council, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”.

The word “Eucharist” means Thanksgiving. So when Christians celebrate the Eucharist, they are thanking and praising God, in the context of a sacred meal, for all the good things that
God has given them, through Jesus.

At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying: “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me”. (Lk 22:19) In the same way he took the cup, gave it to them and said: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be poured out for you.” (Lk 22:20) Here we see Jesus sharing his last meal with his closest friends and telling them that he was giving his very self so that they would have life. Every time we celebrate Mass and share Communion we are joined with Jesus and share in his life.

The celebration of the Eucharist occurs daily and especially at weekends.

Children are usually invited to enrol for First Communion in Second Class at Primary School.
A Parish based programme of preparation for First Communion Do This in Memory is held every year. The programme involves family, school and community in the task of preparing children for the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is celebrated in our parish daily and at weekends. Children receive First Communion at special celebrations usually during the month of May. Once we receive First Eucharist we are invited to share at the Lord’s Table every weekend.

The Eucharist is celebrated on weekdays and other occasions also such as weddings and funerals. Children continue to deepen their understanding of the Eucharist by participating in Masses prepared in school.