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 Eucharist, and must be in year three or above.

Key Dates for 2018

  • Enrolments close: Wednesday, 8 August 2018. Enrolment now closed.
  • Parent Information Session: Wednesday, 8 August 2018 at 7:00pm in the Parish Centre Hall
  • Commitment Mass & Training: Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 10:00am Mass
  • First Eucharist Ceremony: Sunday, 23 September 2018 at 10:00am Mass

First Eucharist Preparation Program
Children who attend St Charles Primary School will be prepared for their First Eucharist by their school. All other candidates not attending St Charles Primary School will be running through their books after the Commitment Mass and to answer any questions you may have.

First Eucharist
The First Eucharist Ceremony Mass takes approximately 1 hour and is followed by a group photograph with the priest. This Mass is a special celebration for the candidates and their families to share in. All are welcome. Children are not required to buy special outfits for the Sacrament, however they are required to dress appropriately. A general guide is how they would dress to attend a special occasion. Boys should wear long trousers 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.

A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please download this First Eucharist Enrolment Form and either drop off to St Charles Primary School, bring it to the information night or hand into the Parish Centre. Please note, students at St Charles Primary School may enrol and pay through the School office.

The cost per child is $30 per candidate and is payable at the time of enrolment either to the Parish house during office hours, or at the parent Information session. 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.

Please contact the Parish Secretary on (02) 9369 9399 or if you need any more information.