First Communion

First Communion

If you have something special to celebrate, you may invite friends to come and share a meal together. Eating together strengthens the bond of the relationships and the understanding for one other – that builds community. Jesus was certainly aware of this when celebrating at so many different occasions eg. the wedding of Kana or on the evening before his suffering, he gave the Sedermeal (also called Pessach) a new meaning. Jewish people today still joyfully celebrate the Sedermeal in remembrance of their freedom from bondage from ancient Egypt and placing it in a wider context.

The importance and deeper meaning of this last supper with Jesus did not occur to the disciples until after his death in a new way. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ – we are one in him and through the work of human hands and God we are transformed. The cup of wine celebrates our salvation and the joy of life.

We as Christians are invited to celebrate this in memory of Him. Since then, the Church repeatedly celebrates the memory of His death and resurrection in each Eucharist (Thanksgiving). Over bread and wine a prayer of thanks is spoken according to the example of Jesus. Christ being the center of our gratitude: the faithful experience, the closeness and love of the unfathomable God, which he has shown to all humankind. Whoever eats this bread and drinks this wine renews the communion with Christ and the others in the church.

 

How to register:

Young school-going Christians (usually in their third school year), but also adults can attend Holy Communion for the first time after a preparatory period.

Registration for the first communion takes place via parish office.

We ask all parents to enroll their children in August after the winter school holidays for the following year.

For some non-baptized children, the registration of their classmates in preparation for the first communion is the occasion to ask for baptism with the consent of their parents. The preparation for their baptism can then be incorporated within their communion preparation.

  • Please bring the Baptismal certificate
  • Enrollment certificate (emailed to you from the parish office)
  • Donation fee

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate and contact us.

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The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community.

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