Reconciliation / Communion

first communion



Reconciliation [once called Confession or Penance] is the sacrament of God’s loving forgiveness. It allows for our sorrow for wrong-doing and a desire to be reconciled with God and therefore the forgiveness of sins.
As Catholics we believe that the Eucharist is a celebration of Christ’s love for his church. It is the memorial of his Last Supper, death and Resurrection where consecrated bread is broken and shared to provide a profound source of union between our God and us. Pope Francis tells us that Holy Communion is “an encounter with Jesus, who is our constant companion in life.”

Children in year 3 prepare for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion with a 6-week program. This usually commences in Term 2 of the School Year with the first three sessions in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Children then celebrate their first Reconciliation in between Weeks 3 and 4 of the Program. The last three sessions prepare the children to receive their first Holy Communion.
This sacramental program commences with an Information Night at Our Lady of the Way, North Sydney (St Mary's Church) in the Ron Dyer Centre Hall and continues with weekly meetings held in family homes, in groups of up to [but no more than] 10 children accompanied by their parents.

First Reconciliation and  Holy Communion 2017

First Holy Communion Rehearsal 

Wed 14 June  6:30pm - 7:30pm St Mary’s Church

First Holy Communion Mass            

Sun 18 June  12:30pm St Mary’s Church 

Sun 25 June  12:30pm St Mary’s Church

2017 Dates for First Reconciliation and Holy Communion

Parent Information Night

Week 1/ T2

Thurs 27.04.17 @ 7:00pm  

RDC Hall




Weeks 2-4 inclusive

[01.05.17 to 20.05.17]

Private Home




Week 5    

Thurs 25th May @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

St Mary’s Church

Holy Communion

Sessions 4-6

Weeks 6-8

28.05.17 – 17.06.17

Private Home

Rehearsal for FHC

Week 9 Wed 14.06.16 

@ 6.30pm to 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church

FHC Mass 1

Week 9

Sun 18.06.17 @ 12.30pm

St Mary’s Church

FHC Mass 2

Week 10

Sun 25.06.17 @ 12:30pm

St Mary’s Church