The reception of First Communion takes place during regularly scheduled Sunday Masses during the Easter Season of second grade. Since Sunday Mass is where Holy Communion is normally received, it is the fitting place where children are admitted to the Eucharist for the first time.
For a child to be enrolled in the preparation program for First Communion, the child must be attending the second grade level of religious instruction and have attended formal religious education classes the previous year. In other words, the child must have participated in the first grade level of religious instruction.
First Reconciliation, also known as First Penance, is required before the reception of First Communion.
Parents share in the responsibility and privilege of preparing their children for First Communion. They do so by working with the materials provided and by the religious example they give their children, in particular, the example of their participation in Sunday Mass.
For more information please contact the Religious Education Office 201-261-1144.