The First Communion is the Sacrament where children receive the Eucharist for their first time. Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation is a two year process for all validly Baptized Catholics. Ordinarily, this process begins in first grade and culminates at the end of second grade (when the child has reached the age of 7).
All students are required to attend two consecutive years of Religious Education classes for formal sacramental preparation. In their second year of preparation they will receive both sacraments.
There are classes designated for older children who are missing the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, which also follow a two year process.
For teenagers entering at a later age, we offer a two year high school Confirmation program. Confirmation candidates over the age of 18 are invited to join our RCIA program.
Parents of Baptized children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are asked to attend one meeting for reconciliation and two meetings of Holy Communion during the child’s second year of preparation. These meetings will take place during their faith formation year.