Eucharist

Do this is remembrance of me” Jesus,  Luke 29:19

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. The Eucharistic Sacrifice is  the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated. It is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.

As children reach the age of reason, generally around age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist. The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further extended by inviting children to enter fully into the heart of Christian faith through participation in the Eucharist.

First Communion at Our Lady’s

At the end of Year 3 (June) children and parents will be invited to apply for the preparation course that begins in the September of Year 4. Children from Catholic schools  and non-Catholics schools who have been baptised are welcome to take part. The process of preparation is called, ‘Family Catechesis’ and builds on the parents being the ‘first and best teachers of their children in the ways of faith.’ Preparation takes place each week at mass and there are monthly sessions either at 2pm or 6pm whichever is more suitable for your family situation.

Holy Communion for the Sick and housebound

When for any reason you cannot come to Our Lady’s on a Sunday for mass the church can come to you. There are a wonderful team of Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who are sent out at the end of  Mass with a special prayer so that they can go to the homes of the elderly or sick with Holy Communion. Even if you cannot come to mass for a short time you are welcome to receive Holy Communion at home, please contact the Parish Office.