The baptism of infants is completed in early childhood by confirmation and first communion. Participation in the Eucharist by receiving holy communion is the climax of the process of initiating children into the Church. It is sacrament of complete unity with the Body of Christ, sacramental and ecclesial. This takes place in the year when the children turn nine (Year Four).
The sacramental policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane has established a cooperative process involving parish, family and school in which confirmation and communion are celebrated together. For a copy of the diocesan policy, see Sacramental Policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
In the Parish of Sts Peter and Paul, first communion is usually celebrated at the end of the Easter season. Sacramental preparation begins after Easter and involves parish, family and school support of the child. The Easter season of Jesus’ death and resurrection provides a most suitable context for understanding this sacrament. The time of preparation begins with a parents’ session for reflection and information and a rite of enrolment for the children at Sunday Mass.
To inquire about confirmation and first communion or to register for sacramental preparation, parishioners are invited to contact the parish office.