Before preparing to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, children must first come to know and love Him at an age appropriate level. Therefore, children preparing for First Holy Communion are to complete one full year of religious education (CCE, Catholic School or Home-school) just prior to entering Sacramental Preparation.
When can my child begin preparing for First Holy Communion?
Baptized children who have completed one year of religious education can begin preparation for First Holy Communion as young as 7 years old.
Typically, a child begins formal religious education in the first grade, therefore allowing her to begin sacramental preparation in the second grade.
All the faithful are obliged to approach the Holy Eucharist only if they are reconciled with God and Church. Therefore, it is customary that a child preparing for Holy Communion also prepare and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance at the same time.
Children who attended catholic school or were homeschooled the previous year must provide "proof of classes," at the time of registration, for the previous year and proof of enrollment for the current year from that school/church. If you register for classes online, please email, fax or mail proof to the Director of Regligious Education as soon as possible.
Baptized children in the 2nd—4th grade who have completed one year of CCE classes (or Catholic School/Homeschool) will prepare for the sacrament of Holy Communion in combination with their weekly CCE curriculum.
Baptized children in the 5th—12th grades who have completed one year of CCE classes will prepare for Holy Communion during the month of May, provided that they had good attendance during their CCE classes.
In addition to weekly classes, there will be one required retreat. Children and parents will also have an opportunity for family learning and will take a tour of the church.