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First Communion – Preparation

First Communion – Preparation

First Holy Communion

The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament which contains the body and blood, soul and divinity, of
our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine.

1. The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.

Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation
participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

2. Children

Children going into the 3rd grade are eligible to receive First Holy Communion. For children,
their First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation are celebrated annually in late spring.
Preparation for First Holy Communion is a two-year process.

Children attend weekly Religious
Education Program (REP) classes from September through June. Family Mass attendance
weekly and Family Catechesis monthly are requirements within this program.

Please download the registration form and return the completed document to the Faith Formation offices. A copy
of both the Baptismal certificate and Birth certificate must be submitted along with the
registration form.

Unbaptized Children
For unbaptized children who are 8 years old (usually in Grade 3) through Grade 8 within our parishes, should have a catechumenal preparation, attending the process of Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults RCIA adapted for Children.

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Adults
Adults must attend the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process.

The journey is one of conversion, preparation and formation.

After having sufficient reflection on entering the Catholic Church, adults can receive First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.

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