First Holy Communion

First Eucharist is the beginning of a lifetime of full and frequent participation in the Eucharist, where we are continually challenged, encouraged and nourished in the journey of faith that began with Baptism.

First Eucharist for school aged children.
In enrolling your child for the Sacrament of Eucharist, you are beginning a wonderful journey, for you, your child, and for the entire parish community.
In saying “Amen” for the first time to the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, your child will become one with Jesus in a new way, becoming joined more deeply to the Body of Christ, his Church. In faith you are bringing your child not just to the one moment of First Communion, but also to a new life with Christ.
The whole parish community walks with you on this journey in both prayer and practical support; teachers, catechists, parish staff,  Ministry co-ordinators and other parishioners. However, your role in this process is crucial.

The following are some simple things you can do to lead your child to the Eucharist:

  • Model active participation in the Mass every week. Go to Reconciliation with your child.
  • Say a short prayer out loud for your child during grace at meals, at bedtime, or any time your family is gathered together. Involve younger siblings in this important work.
  • Reminisce with your child about your own First Communion, and share what you believe about the Eucharist. Include Godparents and Grandparents in discussions about the Sacrament.
  • Highlight not just the “milestone” aspects of the upcoming celebration of First Holy Communion, but the spiritual as well.

If you do not feel confident in teaching your child about the Sacrament, or in praying with and for them contact the parish office for help and don’t forget to call on older generations amongst family and friends and to draw on their knowledge and faith.

Parish Sacramental Programme 2016

Parent Information Meeting:- Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March at 7:30pm
Enquiry Weekend:- 19th and 20th of March at all Masses where Enrolment Forms will be given out during Mass.
Enrolment Weekend when completed Forms are returned with relevent information and documents to the Parish on Saturday 7th of  May from 9.30am til 12 noon.
Rite of Commitment:- All Masses.  Presentation of Yellow Commitment cards at any Mass of 11th & 12th June and recite prayer of commitment to faith growth and practise.
Workshop and Mass of Election:- 30th & 31st of July ;  6th & 7th of August. Saturdays at 4.30pm and Sundays at 10am and 3.30pm.
Sacraments are held during the month of September at 6pm and 10am Masses.
Commissioning Mass:- All Masses 22nd & 23rd October.

Parish Mission Statement

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We, at St Simon Peter Parish, are a Catholic family
called through Baptism
to know, love and serve God and neighbour.

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We strive to witness the Kingdom of God
through proclaiming the Good News of Jesus,
celebrating the Sacraments, and serving the wider community,
especially the disconnected from our Parish.

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