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 2021-2022 Parent Involvement Form *Click Here* online no later than November 8, 2021.
A Sacrament Information Form *Click Here* must be filled out online no later than January 10, 2022.
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 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 9:45-10:45 am
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
First Communion Retreats
For second graders and all children receiving First Communion in 2022 and their parents.
“Jesus Day – 1”
Sunday, March 6, 2022
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 10, 2022
1:30-2pm: Individual photos
2pm: Large group photo (a wonderful memento for the parish & participants to have)
After photos, First Communicants and their parents will practice for First Communion and enjoy and 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 10, 2022:
- Bring your child in clothes ready for First Communion pictures. Completed photo form (make checks payable to Life Touch). A change of clothes for your child after the photo session
- Completed family pew banner
- Completed “The Gift of the Eucharist” booklet
- Return “First Eucharist Family Guide” booklet
- Turn in any other items (picture, baptismal certificate, etc.) requested by the Faith Formation Office if you haven’t already turned them in.
- Parents, bring a snake to share (to be determined)
- Bring any religious items you might like your child to hold for individual photo (rosary, prayer book, etc.)
“Jesus Day – 3” Mystagogy
Sunday, May 15, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 pm
First Communicants and their parents are encouraged to attend.
First Communion Celebrations:
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
2021-22 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.
More information to follow. We will keep you posted when we know more information.
Contact: Sylvia Carmody
Dates and times are subject to change.