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First Eucharist Program

First Communion Saturday 17th June 2023 (time to be advised)

at Immaculate Conception Church

Please email Berny or call the parish office on 8862 4020 and leave the following information: Child's name and Year Level, school attending, Parents Name, email and mobile number. Candidates need to be in Year 4 or above

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

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 Saturday 17th June 2023 at 1pm. 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 following *dates yet to be confirmed. 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 *date yet to be confirmed, 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 *date yet to be confirmed, for parents & sacramental child (please, no siblings).

Presentation Mass

All children preparing for the Sacrament are asked to attend Mass with their families on *date yet to be confirmed 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 $160.00 per child.  This fee covers the cost of the classes & materials, certificates, etc.

This fee is payable when registering (see button below) * Registration not yet open                                 


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 & Maureen

Catechist Teachers

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