15th October 2020
This year we have 34 children preparing to receive their First Holy Communion. As with the recent Confirmation program, the students and families are participating in a preparation program via Zoom. The First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated at the 10 am Masses
As a result of N.S.W Health COVID regulations, candidates will be joined by a limited number of members of their immediate family only.
Parishioners who normally attend the Sunday 10 am Mass is advised that St Columba’s Parish will not be able to worship at the 10 am Mass on Sunday 8 November, Sunday 15 November and Sunday 22 November. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. Parishioners are welcome to attend the Saturday at
5 pm or Sunday 8 am on these dates.
The Eucharist is the source and the summit of the whole of the Church’s worship and of the Christian life. As the Vatican Council’s Decree on the Life and Ministry of Priests reminds us: “every other sacrament, indeed every ministry of the Church, is linked with the Eucharist and is directed towards it …. for the Eucharist contains the entire spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself”.
It would be difficult to overestimate the power of this Sacrament to strengthen and to nourish our spiritual lives. Parishioners, therefore, are encouraged to avail themselves of this Sacrament as often as possible. It is the duty of parents, too, to participate in the sacramental programme provided by the parish, so that their children will be adequately prepared for the their first reception of the Eucharist.
So that the Eucharist will be more readily available to people, the Church has authorised what are called Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. These are Religious, Acolytes or Special Ministers: lay people who can assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, or in taking the Eucharist to sick or elderly people in their homes.
If you or someone in your family is unable to attend Mass, whether temporarily or permanently, due to sickness or advanced age, please contact the parish office and a minister of the Eucharist will be arranged to bring Communion to the home.
First Eucharist is received in year 3, usually in term 3. The Sacrament is received during the Saturday 5:00pm Mass and Sunday 10:00am Mass on the designated weekend.
For students of St Columba’s Primary School and students of other schools, preparation for receiving First Eucharist involves:
- Completing the Sacrament enrolment form and providing the required attachments, such as the child’s Baptism certificate (which can be obtained from the church of Baptism). The enrolment form can be obtained from the parish office or church in the weeks leading up to the Commitment Mass.
- Attending the Commitment Mass, held at 10:00 on a Sunday, after which students will receive their preparation workbooks and the formation of preparation groups will be discussed.
- The child and a parent attend 4 group preparation sessions, held weekly and each of an hour in length.
Notices advising of the relevant dates and inviting enrolments will appear in the parish bulletin in the weeks leading up to the Commitment Mass. Students of St Columba’s Primary School will also be advised of the relevant dates through the school.