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 Holy Days of Obligation.
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 2020-2021 Parent Involvement Form online no later than November 9, 2020.
A Sacrament Information Form *Click Here* must be filled out online no later than January 18, 2021.
Parent meetings for second graders and all children receiving First Communion in 2021. Get information about your child’s preparation for these sacraments. Choose one time that works for your schedule:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm (virtually, more details to follow)
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (virtually, more details to follow)
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9:45-10:45 am (virtually, more details to follow)
First Communion Retreats
The regular scheduled classes on Wednesday and Sunday will devote one day of class for some of the activities that would happen at the retreats before First Communion celebrations. A virtual discussion will be held for Home School families that have a First Communicant on Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 pm. (more to follow)
As part of your child’s preparation for First Communion, we request you watch at least one of the following videos on FORMED.ORG. Sign up for free and enter the following code when asked: 8EF6WQ
Join Brother Francis to see what he has to teach us!
- The Mass: A Life-Giving Prayer
- The Bread of Life: Celebrating the Eucharist
First Communion Celebrations:
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 1, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 2, 2021, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
2020-21 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.
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.
There will be no professional First Communion (individual and group) photos taken this year.
Contact: Sylvia Carmody
Dates and times are subject to change.