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.

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.

Please note that candidates for first communion need to have celebrated first penance/reconciliation. If your child has not done so, please contact the Cathedral parish office.

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

If you are interested in having your child receive their First Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Cathedral, we invite you to read the information letter below. If you have any questions please contact the parish office.

2019 First Communion Information