This paper is based on research undertaken for a thesis prepared as partial requirement for an M.A. (Hons) degree at the Centre for Multicultural Studies at the University of Wollongong (Onley, Norma 1988, ‘Women: Migration, Culture and Religious Experience’ ).

The research investigated the relationship between the migration process and Catholic women’s practice of religion and rearing their children in that religion in their new homeland. It sought to identify the importance of cultural factors affecting their experience of religious events by comparing the meaning of one significant religious celebration - firs t holy communion - in their original homeland and in Australia.

So far as could be ascertained, this was the first research done on the firs t communion experience.