Eucharist and First Holy Communion

In the celebration of the Eucharist, Catholics listen to the Word of God (in the reading of the Scriptures) and receive the divine life of Jesus Christ (in Holy Communion).

Taking part fully in the Eucharist (or ‘Mass’ as it is better known) is the third and final step of being initiated into the Church.

Eucharist is the Greek word for giving thanks. When we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we give thanks for all that God has done and continues to do for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. In the Eucharist the crucified and risen Jesus – the complete divine Son of God – reaches down to us and lifts us up to join him in offering ourselves to God the Father. It is a complete offering of ‘self’ into God’s hands, an encounter with the Divine that is the summit and source of our lives as Christians.

Here at Holy Name, Mass is celebrated principally on Sunday (the Day of the Lord) and also during the week as well (see the Mass schedule on the Home page).

First Holy Communion

Parents are the first educators of children in the Catholic faith.

To assist parents fulfil their responsibilities, our parish arranges educational classes for children – aged 8 years or older – who wish to prepare for making their First Holy Communion. Here at Holy Name, these sessions begin in January before the Sunday 10am Mass.  The children make their First Confession in Lent (sometime in the six weeks before Easter Sunday) and their First Holy Communion in June.

For further details, please contact the parish priest.