First Holy Communion
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.
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 please contact the Cathedral parish office using the enquiry form below. One of our parish secretaries will happily contact you to have a conversation with you about your hopes for your child’s First Holy Communion, and share with you some of the hopes and expectations of the Church.