Celebrating First Reconciliation & First Communion
Children need to be baptized, at least 7 years old and in the second grade in order to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Sacramental Faith Formation is a separate program and is not a part of the regular faith formation process (religious education classes). All children wishing to celebrate First Reconciliation or First Communion must be enrolled in a Faith Formation program. Children are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass weekly, as well as Holydays of Obligation. A 2016-2017 sacrament Information Sheet must be filled out and returned to the Faith Formation Office no later than January 9, 2017. CLICK HERE for the form.
Parent meetings for second graders and all children receiving First Communion in 2017 (information about your child’s preparation for these sacraments): Meetings held in the St. John Paul II room. Choose one time that works for your schedule:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 4:15-5:45 pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7-8:30 pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 9:45-10:55 am
First Communion Retreats
For second graders and all children receiving First Communion in 2017 and their parents.
“Jesus Day – 1”
Sunday, March 19, 2017
First Communicants and their parents will enjoy several activities together that day. If need be, you may bring other children, but suggest that you make other arrangements. Lunch will not be provided that day. Please make sure you get a bite to eat beforehand.
“Jesus Day – 2 with Pictures & Practice”
Sunday, April 23, 2017
1:30-2 pm – Individual Photos
2 pm – Large Group Photo – (wonderful memento for the parish & participants to have)
After photos, First Communicants and their parents will practice for First Communion and enjoy an activity together that day. If need be, you may bring other children, but suggest that you make other arrangements. Lunch will not be provided that day. Please make sure you get a bite to eat beforehand.
Things to remember for Sunday, April 23, 2017:
- Bring your child in clothes ready for First Communion pictures. Completed photo form (make checks payable to LifeTouch). A change of clothes for your child after the photo session
- Completed family pew banner
- Completed “The Gift of Eucharist” booklet
- “First Eucharist – Family Guide”
- Any other items (picture, baptismal certificate, etc.) requested by the Faith Formation Office if you haven’t already turned them in.
- Parents bring a snack to share, to be determined.
First Communion Celebrations:
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sacrament Guidelines for First Communion: Fasting is required for one hour before receiving Holy Communion. This means that no food or drink is taken for one hour prior to Communion. Water and medicine are allowed. “Special occasion” clothes, such as those worn at Easter would be fine. You need not buy new clothes; we trust your judgment as parents. Practice will be one half hour before Mass in the St. John Paul II room unless you are told otherwise. Each family has one pew reserved for their family. Other friends and relatives are welcome to sit in the unreserved pews. Let us all practice the fine art of Christian hospitality. Photography/Videography: Out of reverence for our prayer together, we ask that no candid pictures or flash photography be taken during the ceremony. You may take unlimited pictures before and after the ceremony. Reception: A reception with punch and cookies will be held after each First Communion Mass. Your family and friends are invited to celebrate with you. If you signed up to bring cookies for the First Communion Reception after Mass, please drop them off in the kitchen of Friendship Hall before Church.
CLICK HERE for more about Guidelines for First Communion.
CLICK HERE for the 2016-2017 First Reconciliation/First Communion Timeline.
Parent involvement is vital to the success of our First Reconciliation/First Communion Ministry. All parents are expecting to assist in some way. Please complete the Parent Involvement Form and return it to the Faith Formation Office no later than November 7, 2016. CLICK HERE for the form.
Contact: Sylvia Carmody