Thank you for your interest in celebrating the Sacraments at one of our Parishes.

The Sacraments are a wonderful gift to us from God inviting us into deeper intimacy with Him. So that children can gain the full benefit of the experience, the preparation is vitally important. Unlike Baptism and Confirmation, Eucharist is a sacrament that can be received as often as one wants, and strengthens us with grace each time it is received. Candidates need to be Catholic, and have made their First Reconciliation prior to receiving their First Holy Communion.

In our Parishes, we have the Sacraments of both Reconciliation and Holy Communion when the child is in year three. They are still held as two separate sacraments, and are arranged approximately three months apart. When you register your child for Reconciliation we will assume you are also participating in Holy Communion unless you advise otherwise.

Preparation will be taught over a series of Sunday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, followed by Mass at 5pm at St Thomas. The child and a parent or carer are expected to attend both the preparation, and the accompanying Mass in order to properly prepare to receive the Sacrament.

Preparation Dates for 2022

Week 1: 3.30pm Sunday 22nd May
Week 2: 3.30pm Sunday 29th May
Week 3: 3.30pm Sunday 5th June
Week 4: 3.30pm Sunday 12th June

First Holy Communion Ceremony – to be held at St Thomas, Lewisham
10.30am Sunday 19th June 2022
The First Holy Communion Mass is held in conjunction with our10.30am Mass on a Sunday morning. This Mass is a special celebration for the students and their families to share in. All are welcome.

Cost
The cost per child is $50 which covers both First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We ask for payment via EFT and Parish bank details will be sent to all parents in advance. Please note that no child will ever be denied the opportunity to receive the Sacraments due to financial limitations. Families in difficult financial circumstances should contact the parish office to discuss their situation confidentially.

Dress/Attire
Children are not required to buy special outfits for the Sacrament, however most girls will wear a white dress and most boys will wear dress pants and a long sleeve shirt. A general guide is how they would dress to attend a special occasion. Boys should wear long pants and a shirt with a collar, no jeans, cargo pants or joggers. Girls should wear a dress, knee length or longer, and no midriffs or bare shoulders. More information will be available during preparation.

Photography
Professional photography will be available on the day of First Holy Communion. Orders and payments are handled directly with the Photography company.

How to register your child
A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please complete the attached registration form, to enrol your child.