First Holy Communion

Dear Parents

Thank you for expressing your desire to have your child receive their First Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The reception of First Holy Communion is a very important moment in the life of a Catholic, since this is the first time that they receive the Body and Blood of Jesus as part of the worshipping community of God’s family.

Children normally make their First Holy Communion in year four, having made their First Reconciliation in year three. Please note that candidates for first communion need to have celebrated first penance/reconciliation.

In order to help your child understand the significance of this occasion, it is, of course, necessary for them to complete a period of preparation and formation. If your child attends one of our Catholic schools, the preparation is usually undertaken at the school. If this is not the case, it will be necessary for your child to undertake a formation programme in one of our local parishes. Please contact our Cathedral parish office at your convenience to discuss the options open to you. There will also be a period of immediate preparation undertaken at the Cathedral, including a parent-child workshop and a day’s retreat.

At St. Mary’s Cathedral, First Holy Communion is usually celebrated for school-aged children during the 11am Sunday Mass.

Please take a look at the 2020 first communion programme – revised post-covid19.

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