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 2020 (To Be Updated)

St Simon Peter Parish Prayer

St Simon Peter Parish Prayer

Heavenly Father,
you have chosen our parish as the place by which you encounter us in our daily lives.
Here your Word is proclaimed,the Eucharist is celebrated,
and your people are united in a family of believers.
We pray for our parish named in honour of St Simon Peter and placed under his patronage.
Through his intercession may every blessing be poured out on all members of our parish.
We pray for our schools, their staff and students, and all their families.
May our parish be filled with holiness and prayer, with faith and love;
May it be a place where worthy and reverent worship is offered to God,
and where we receive grace and power for our mission.
May all who come here find a welcoming home,
comfort in their needs and strength for their journey of faith.
We make this prayer through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen