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First Communion

"I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." - John 6:35

At the Last Supper, Jesus left his disciples the gift of the Eucharist and asked them, "Do this in memory of me." Normally, baptized children in Grade 2 are prepared to share fully in this Eucharist for the first time, receiving the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and sharing in the communion of the Church.

Registration Information.  (Parents/Guardians are required to deliver a registration form along with a copy of the child’s baptism certificate)  See below for dates of registration.

Public/Private School Candidates:  Students in public/private schools are asked to attend a preparation program offered in the parish.  It begins in the Fall and concludes with a celebration of First Communion in the Spring.  You are required to register your child for this program before it begins in November.  For more information, contact the parish office.

Catholic School Candidates:  For children in our Catholic schools, our parish and schools will work together to prepare our young people.  The following registration and preparation events are arranged for parents and children.

Parent Retreat: All parents are invited to attend this retreat and bring in the registration form at this time.

Church Tour: All students will be brought to the church on this day for a tour of the church and sharing in a Gospel story to prepare for Confession. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend on this day.

Celebration of First Reconciliation (Confession): Children come with their parents and family. After a simple ceremony the children will be invited to come forward to one of the priests to celebrate their first confession.  For children unable to make it to this celebration, parents are welcome to bring their children to the regular parish confession time on any Saturday at 4pm and bring your child to the priest for their first confession.

First Communion Children’s Retreat:  All students will be brought from school to the church for this retreat to prepare for their First Communion.  Once again parents are welcome to join them at this retreat.

First Communion:  Children will gather with other children from their school and sit with their families for this special day.

Dates for each school:

St. Matthew School:

  • First Communion Parent Meeting and Retreat: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Church Tour: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @  1:00 p.m.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation:  Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Retreat: Thursday, April 19, 2018  @ 9:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Celebration: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

St. Bernadette School:

  • First Communion Parent Meeting and Retreat: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 5 p.m.
  • Church Tour: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @  1:00 p.m.
  • First Communion Retreat: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Celebration: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

St. Teresa of Calcutta School:

  • First Communion Parent Meeting and Retreat: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @  7:00 p.m.
  • Church Tour: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation: Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • First Communion Retreat: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @  9:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.

St. John Paul II School:

  • First Communion Parent Meeting and Retreat: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Church Tour: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • First Communion Retreat: Tuesday, April 17, 2018  and  Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @  9:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Celebration: Saturday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. and  2:00 p.m.

St. Mary School:

  • First Communion Parent Meeting and Retreat: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @  7:00 p.m.
  • Church Tour: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @  9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Retreat: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Celebration: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @  10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

St. Joan of Arc School:

  • First Communion Parent Meeting and Retreat: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Church Tour: Thursday, November 30, 2017  @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation: Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • First Communion Retreat: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • First Communion Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

For more information, you can reach us on our Contact Us page. 

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