The Sacrament of Eucharist

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.

John 6:54-58

The Holy Eucharist is the great gift by which we experience the ultimate sign of Christ’s presence. By receiving Holy Communion on a regular basis, we deepen our relationship with Jesus, allowing Him to strengthen us in a very special way.

We need to prepare very carefully in order to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. St Marie’s offers two separate parish programmes to do this: one for children, and one for adults. 

Children are encouraged to enrol on the Parish programme when they are in Year 3 or above.  Classes usually begin in early October, and parents are invited to enrol from early September.  Please keep an eye on the bulletin around this time, or contact a member of the clergy directly.

Children make their First Holy Communion around the middle of May, or early June. There may be more than one ceremony, depending on the numbers of children making their First Holy Communion that year.

If you are an adult wishing to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, you are invited to take a look at our Journey in Faith programme

If you have any further questions, or wish to register your child’s interest in the next available programme, please contact the Cathedral’s office on: [email protected].