First Communion is a ceremony during which a person first receives the Eucharist, typically occurring between the ages of seven and thirteen, often acting as a rite of passage. Those making their First Communion will attend around about six months of classes in which they will be taught about the importance of the Eucharist, along with the rites and traditions of the Catholic Church. The culmination occurs at the celebration of Mass where those attending classes will receive the Blood and Body of Christ. Often the girls and boys receiving communion for the first time will be dressed in beautiful dresses and smart suits respectively. It is a day of celebration for both them and their families.
Pictured above: Sienna Dainty celebrating her First Communion on Sunday 12 May at the Cathedral, along with Canon Mark. We congratulate Sienna and her family and pray that she continues to be nourished by receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus.