First Holy Communion

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SCHEDULE:
Preparation and reception of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion takes place in the Second Grade.  For special circumstances, please contact Cathy DeRico in the Religious Education Office at (215) 968-6929 or cderico@standrewcec.com.

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

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
The children celebrate their First Reconciliation in February/March. 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 at any time during the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION RETREAT:
During this engaging retreat experience, the children will gain a greater understanding of the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION REHEARSAL:
Information will be provided.

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

FIRST HOLY 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.

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.