Holy Communion is the food that nourishes our souls and continues to give us God’s spirit and life. Holy Communion is the actual flesh and blood of Jesus Christ himself. Holy Communion is the gift of Christ’s sacrificial love for us and the world. Holy Communion unites us as believers and leads us to look forward to the banquet and feast that awaits us in heaven.
First Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic's life. It means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most Catholic children receive their First Communion when they're seven or eight years of age because this is considered the age of reason. Others can receive communion for the first time whenever they've met all the Church's requirements.
In order for anyone to receive communion, that person must be without sin and in a state of grace. Traditionally, young Catholic children will make their first confession, or the Sacrament of Penance, a week before receiving their First Communion.
FOR CHILDREN IN SECOND GRADE: Children can prepare for First Holy Communion as soon as they enter second grade in grade school. Children are prepared for both the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Please email our Religious Education Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.
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FOR OLDER CHILDREN/TEENS: Children who are beyond second grade are prepared for First Holy Communion in a course designed for their ages and maturity level. They are not put in class with first and second graders.
FOR ADULTS: Adults who have not received their First Holy Communion can take preparation classes. This includes adults who were baptized Roman Catholics, or Christians who were baptized in other denominations and wish to become Catholic. Please call the parish office or speak to a priest if you want to begin this process.