First Holy Communion

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“Jesus said unto them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst

~John 6:35~

What Is First Holy Communion?

First Holy Communion marks the beginning of a lifetime of being nourished at the Lord’s Table receiving inexhaustible riches for the journey. It is an intimate encounter with Christ: truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity and is the spiritual food which sustains and conforms us more closely to the life Jesus calls us to live out in His name.

Through First Communion classes, and in conjunction with parents as first teachers, students continue to be formed in the faith and given tools to build lifelong habits of prayer, service, worship, and obedience to God’s will in their life. We encourage them to regularly and actively participate in the amazing grace offered through Reconciliation. Significant time is spent learning about the structure and meaning of the Mass and the significance of our active participation in the Eucharistic Feast. Our Lord invites us to a remarkable journey where we can and will be transformed!

Eligibility for First Holy Communion Preparation Classes:

  • Student is a baptized Catholic who has participated in a Reconciliation program and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Copy of child’s Birth Certificate

  • Copy of child’s Baptismal Certificate

  • Student is at least 8 years old and younger than 16

  • Has a sincere desire to receive the sacrament

  • Completion of the necessary registration forms and payment of fees

 

Summary of First Holy Communion Preparation

  • Consistent attendance at First Eucharist Classes 

  • Prior to receiving First Eucharist students will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Learn all age-appropriate prayers

  • Participate in parish activities

  • Student/parent attend both a kick-off and a year-end retreat

  • Students will be interviewed and tested near the end of class to assess their readiness for receiving First Holy Communion