In this Sacrament we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection. We focus particularly on 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 info our very beings. We become one with him, and we become one with each other. As a community we become ‘the body of Christ’.

Holy Communion is taken to the sick and housebound by Eucharist Ministers. Because the Eucharist is our great sign of unity as a community, one must be a Catholic to receive Holy Communion.

Holy Communion | First Eucharist Program:
In the Sacrament of Holy Communion | First Eucharist candidates receive the Body of Christ and the precious Blood for the first time. 
It is the practice of the Archdiocese of Sydney that children receive their Holy Communion in Year 3 or above. Candidates must be Baptised and have received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation (Penance | Confession).

Children aged 7 years & over from a variety of schools come together to learn and celebrate as a united Parish community. As we part of the Sydney Archdiocese, we follow their programs. Our successful sacramental program runs through:
Information Session and a Commitment Mass, compulsory attendance to both by parent & child.
Four weekly one hour group preparation sessions, compulsory for parent to accompany their child & be an actively involved.
Attendance essential to weekly Masses during the course of the program.
Prayer & Practising evening is compulsory attendance for parents to accompany their child, which also includes a rehearsal of their Mass Liturgy.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion | First Eucharist 2020:
Friday 20 March – Letter & application form available
Friday 3 April – Application form returned (late applications may not be accepted)
Wednesday 6 May – Leader’s Meeting @7.30pm Parish Centre.
Thursday 7 May – Parent’s Meeting @ 7.30pm St Mark’s Parish Hall
Saturday | Sunday 9 | 10 May – Enrolment in Mass@ St Mark’s Church
Candidate group meetings (week commencing)
Week 1 – Monday 11 May
Week 2 – Monday 18 May
Week 3 – Monday 25 May
Week 4 – Monday 1 June
Thursday 28 May – Reconciliation @ 7.00pm St Mark’s Church
Saturday 30 May, 6 June & 13 June – Reconciliation @ 11am – 11.55am St Mark’s Church
Thursday 11 June – Prayer & Practice @ 7.00pm St Mark’s Church
Saturday 13 | 20 June – Celebration Mass @ 6.00pm
Sunday 14 | 21 June – Celebration Mass @ 9.00am

We look forward to welcoming you to our Sacramental program & assisting you & your child in taking this next step in their faith development.