First Holy Communion

CLASS PARTICIPATION:
Class participation is essential for the preparation of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Any student with excessive absences may be considered not properly prepared and the reception of these Sacraments may need to be deferred to a later date.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
The children will be celebrating their First Reconciliation in February. We encourage you and your family to participate in the grace of this Sacrament again before your child receives his/her First Holy Communion. Picture taking is not permitted during the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION RETREAT:
During this retreat, the children will gain a greater understanding of the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This special day of preparation includes the practice of receiving the Sacrament with unconsecrated hosts and an empty cup. Please discuss with your child and instruct him/her as to whether you would like them to receive the Precious Body (host) or both the Precious Body and Blood at their First Holy Communion.

All children are expected to attend. Only a very serious reason should necessitate an absence.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION REHEARSAL:
Children are to report to the Parish Meeting Room promptly at 6:00pm. Children will be dismissed from the Main Church at 8:00 pm.

COMMUNION DAY:
First Communicants are to arrive 30 minutes prior to the time of their celebration.  Please be on time. The celebration is approximately 1 to 1-1/4 hours in length.

ATTIRE:
Boys are to wear a suit or sports jacket, white shirt, dress slacks, appropriate tie and proper shoes (no sneakers).

Girls should wear a white or off white dress, veil or wreath, white or off white socks or stockings and proper shoes. Please leave items such as prayer books, rosaries,
flowers, and gloves at home. They are not needed and are distracting to the children. No makeup, please.

RECEIVING FROM THE CUP:
Both the Precious Body and Blood will be offered at First Holy Communion. Please discuss this with your child and instruct him/her if you want them to receive the
Precious Body only, or both the Precious Body and Blood.

PHOTOGRAPHY:
The reception of a Sacrament is a precious and holy moment in the life of your child. To safeguard a sacred atmosphere in the Church during the First Holy Communion Celebration, parents/guardians, family members and friends may take pictures and record videos only from their pew.