First Eucharist

The sacrament of Holy Communion brings to completion the Christian process of initiation. In this sacrament we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We remember particularly the Last Supper, that final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. At that meal Jesus gave us the Eucharist so that we could remember him in a special way. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings. We become one with him, and we become one with each other. As a community we become 'the body of Christ'.

The Sunday Eucharist (Sunday Mass) is the highpoint of our worship as a parish.  Holy Communion is taken to the sick and housebound after each Sunday Mass by Ministers of Communion.

Because the Eucharist is our great sign of unity as a community, one must be a Catholic to receive Holy Communion. Catholic children usually make their First Eucharist (receive First Communion) at age 7. They prepare for this through the Children's Sacramental Programme.

For more information please contact:


St Patricks Asquith: Louise Cosgrove and Deoborah Wing

St Bernards Berowra: Peta Tonkin

alternatively contact the Pastoral Centre on 9456 2450.

Forms are also available at the back of each church.

When an adult is baptised, he or she normally receives their First Communion in the same ceremony as their Baptism. Their preparation for this is usually through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.).

For more information on the RCIA please click here.

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