Sacrament of the Eucharist (Holy Communion)

The Sacrament of Eucharist is commonly referred to as Holy Communion, or Communion.

The Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation into full membership of the Catholic Church, the other two sacraments being Baptism and Confirmation.

As Catholics, we believe the Eucharist is the most powerful way to encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ. During Mass, we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection and recall the Last Supper – the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Then, through our prayers to the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine we place on the altar are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. When we receive Communion, we believe that we receive the person of Jesus into our very beings.

Receiving Communion at Mass calls us into unity and fellowship with each other, to live what we receive and believe, and to show that Christ is present in our world through all that we do and say. As such, the Sacrament of the Eucharist lies at the heart of our faith.

Our Parishes’ Celebrations of Eucharist


Weekend Mass Times


Basilica of Our Lady of Victories
Saturday Vigil – 6.00 pm
Sunday – 10.00 am and 6.00 pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
Saturday Vigil 5.30 pm
Sunday 10.30 am and 5.00 pm
All Hallows Church
Sunday 9.00 am
Weekday Mass Times


Basilica of Our Lady of Victories
Thursday & Saturday at 9.30 am
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
Wednesday & Friday at 9.15 am
All Hallows Church
Tuesday & Thursday at 9.15 am


Our Parishes’ Eucharistic Devotions

Eucharistic devotions are spiritual practices outside of the Mass that give honour to Jesus who is present in the ‘Blessed Sacrament’ (Eucharist).

In the Catholic Tradition, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction are longstanding devotions of the Eucharist. They offer opportunities outside of Mass to pray to Jesus in an intensified and personal way, to express praise and thanks, to make petition and offer contrition, and to strengthen one’s personal relationship with Jesus.

Opportunities for our parishioners to participate in these devotions


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Basilica of Our Lady of Victories

Saturday at 9.00 am, prior to morning Mass

Exposition and Benediction
Basilica of Our Lady of Victories

First Saturday of the month at 9.00 am, prior to morning Mass

First Communion for School-aged Children

Children preparing to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time are usually in Year 4 of their primary school education. In most instances, these children will have prepared for and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the previous year (Year 3). These circumstances can vary.

For children attending Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Primary School, their preparation for First Communion occurs within the school’s Religious Education Program. For those attending other local schools, they are invited to attend an after-school Sacraments Program under the guidance of our Parishes’ Catechists Team. Classes are conducted over a six-week period at Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School, on Fridays, unless otherwise stated.

Further Information and/or Expressions of Interest
Refer to our web page, Sacraments Programs for Children, to learn more about the different ways children can be prepared to receive their First Communion. Alternatively:

  • Contact our Sacraments Coordinator, Sharon Freeman, at the Parish Office on 9816 9291 or at
  • To enrol your child in a preparation program, complete this registration form Sacraments Program – First Communion Registration.  Sharon will be in contact with you to discuss arrangements and requirements pertaining to the program.