First Reconciliation and Holy Communion

 Registration for 2023 is now open, please click here

The programme is aimed at those in the local catholic community and involves parents or caregivers taking responsibility for teaching their children.
The preparation programme is for the instruction of adults (i.e. parents and caregivers)and their children(Year 4+).  There will be simultaneous formation sessions for adults and children, as well as homework linked to the session.
Prayer in the home with your child and attendance at Mass each Sunday are very important parts of sacramental preparation.

If you have any questions regarding the program please contact the Coordinator of Sacramental Ministries sacramental@christchurchsouth.org.nz

What is the Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Eucharist)?

Together with Baptism and Confirmation, the sacrament of Holy Eucharist (First Holy communion) is one of three  “sacraments of Christian initiation” (CCC 1285).

The word Eucharist is Greek in origin, and means ‘thanksgiving’.  The sacrament of Holy Eucharist is the ‘Source and Summit’ (CCC 1324-1327) of the Christian life, uniting us not only with one another but with the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins on the cross.  For this reason the Eucharist is sometimes called ‘the Holy sacrifice of the altar’.  The Eucharist is also the Sacrament of Christian unity, drawing all Christians into communion together as one body (1 Corinthians 10:17). 

In the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus are truly, really, and substantially present.  This presence is not merely symbolic or metaphorical – we hold true that through transubstantiation, the substance of the bread and wine are transformed into the true Body and Blood of Christ for the nourishment of our souls.  This doctrine is drawn both from ancient tradition of the Church, preserved throughout the ages, as well as the clear teaching of Jesus in the scriptures (cf.  John 6: 48-50, 53-57; Mt. 26:26-28; Luke 22:19)

Thus those who receive it should prepare themselves accordingly, through prayer, formation and regular confession (1 Corinthians 11:27-30).

This three minute video is a helpful summary of the sacrament.