First Holy Communion

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 baptised Catholic, and have made their First Reconciliation prior to receiving their First Eucharist, and must be in Year three (3) or above.

People normally receive their Sacraments in the Parish they regularly attend (and closest to their residence). Requests may be made to complete their sacraments at Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley for those who do not live within the Waverley Parish, however this does requires permission from their local Parish. Your child cannot complete the Sacrament of First Eucharist without permission from your local Parish.

Key Dates for 2020

  • Enrolments close: TBC
  • Parent Information Session: TBC
  • Commitment Mass & Training: TBC
  • First Eucharist Ceremony: TBC

Preparation Programme

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.

Sacrament of First Eucharist Ceremony
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.


Please note, students at St Charles Primary School may enrol and pay through the School office. A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents.

If you do not attend Mary Immaculate Church on a regular basis or you attend another Parish, you will need to contact the Parish Office. Permission from your local Parish Priest is required with enrolment.

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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.

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