We run a city wide program once a year over approximately 12 weeks of lessons. We start this program in the second term of the school year and first Holy Eucharist is normally in the third term at the 9.30 Mass . The course runs before the 5.30pm evening Mass on a Sunday at St Annes Church starting at 4.30pm and the program finishes with mass around 6.30pm. Parents are asked to participate, preferably both but one better than no parent. The age of the child should be 8 years and above, but 7 year and 1/2 year olds who are very active in the community might be considered. It's an exception not the norm.
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
2018 Reconciliation will be on Friday 22nd June at 5.00pm at St Annes Church
The seven sacraments are outward signs instituted by Jesus Christ to impart grace. The Sacrament of Reconciliation continues Jesus' ministry of forgiveness through this celebration of repentance, conversion, and reconciliation with God, with the community, and with one's self. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a visible sign of God's forgiveness.
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PREPARING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
2018 First Communion will be held on Sunday 23rd September at 9.30am at St Marys Church
At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command, the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion: "He took bread . . ." He took the cup filled with wine . . ."
By this sacrament we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body.
Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment because he loves us. God's whole plan for our salvation is directed to our participation in the life of the Trinity, the communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our sharing in this life begins with our Baptism, when by the power of the Holy Spirit we are joined to Christ, thus becoming adopted sons and daughters of the Father. It is strengthened and increased in Confirmation. It is nourished and deepened through our participation in the Eucharist. By eating the body and drinking the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist we become united to the person of Christ through his humanity. "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him" (Jn 6:56). In being united to the humanity of Christ we are at the same time united to his divinity. Our mortal and corruptible natures are transformed by being joined to the source of life. "Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me" (John 6:57)
First Communion further initiates a child into the life of the Christian Community. Within that community the Person of Christ becomes real. His Presence is the source of unity; it is to this Presence a child will return again and again to find the living center of the community. To prepare our children for this important step in their life, the following procedures are to be observed:
Children will complete a program of studies designated to help them understand the Mass and the meaning of the Holy Eucharist.