Holy Communion is the most important sacrament in Catholicism. It is offered at every Mass, and is largely taken up with the preparation of the hosts (wafers made of wheat and water, or gluten-free) and wine to become the body and blood of Christ and the congregation to receive the body of Christ.
When boys and girls make their First Holy Communion, it’s a big occasion for Catholic families and everyone is well-dressed. Like their Baptism, the day of First Communion is one filled with family, friends, and feasting after the sacred event has taken place in church.
The children are generally too young to appreciate all the theological refinements, but as long as they know and believe that it’s not bread or wine they’re receiving but the real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, then they are old enough to take Holy Communion.
St Patrick’s, Beechwood – 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month 9:30am
St Peter’s, Long Flat – 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 9:30am