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First Eucharist Program

First Communion Sunday 26 May 2024 at 11am

at Immaculate Conception Church

Children currently attending St Joseph’s school do NOT need to register

Other children should register via the "Register Here" button below.  Candidates need to be in Year 4 or above

Please note the information on this page relates to candidates who are children. Adult candidates for the sacraments please contact the Parish Pastoral Manager.

Dear Families,


Your child will receive the Sacrament of Communion this year and it is important that you are involved in the preparation program to enable you to share in this special time with your child.


We invite you to join us at the following occasion to be part of the preparation for this special experience in your child’s faith development.

First Eucharist

First Eucharist (Communion) will be held on Sunday 26 May 2024 at 11am. To help your child prepare for this Sacrament we will be holding classes on the dates and times below. We invite you to join us at both the Family Preparation Night and the Presentation Mass so you can be part of the preparation for this special experience in your child’s faith development.

Class Dates & Times:  

There will be 4 classes and a rehearsal for the children.

Classes will be held on the Mondays 22, 29 April and 6, 13 May from 4pm- 5.15pm. Classes will be in the Parish Centre, 345 Burwood Road (off Lynch St, next to Billy Lids).  Children will need to bring their pencil cases.

Rehearsal for the Sacrament will be on Monday 20 May at 4pm – 5.15pm, in the church.

Children will bring home ‘communion worksheets’. These will be used to complete homework activities that support the sacramental classes. There will also be opportunities for them to share a short prayer and/or reflection with their families over the course of the preparation. This could be done together before a meal or at bedtime. We see this sharing as an important part of their faith development. We would appreciate your support and encouragement of your child by being involved at home with this aspect of the program.


Family Preparation Night – at Immaculate Conception Church, 345 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn on Wednesday 8 May, 7.00 pm sharp – 8.15 pm, for parents & sacramental child (please, no siblings). Please note due to unforeseen circumstances this date has changed from the previously posted schedule.

Presentation Mass

All children preparing for the Sacrament are asked to attend Mass with their families on Sunday 19 May, at 9.30am at Immaculate Conception Church, where we will present the children to the Parish and ask the parishioners to remember them in their prayers. Attendance at this Mass is an important part of the Sacramental Program.


To cover costs we ask that each family contribute a fee per child, amount to be advised at a later date.  This fee covers the cost of the classes & materials, certificates, etc.


Baptismal Certificate

If not previously given, a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate will need to be sighted by myself (and a copy taken) before classes commence.   N.B. I won’t need a baptismal certificate if your child was baptised at the Hawthorn Parish but please indicate this on the form


The Hawthorn Parish promotes the safety and well-being of children.

Our policies and procedures can be found on our website Child Safety page

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Thank you.


Berny Kirwan

Parish Pastoral Manager 

(8862 4020)

Genevieve & Timothy

Catechist Teachers

When registering please include the following information:

Child's name and Year Level, school attending, Parents Name, email and mobile number

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