First Holy Communion
“After you have received Jesus, excite your heart to do homage to the
King of salvation. Converse with him concerning your inmost concerns.
Reflect that he is within you and has come to you for your happiness.”
–St. Francis de Sales
In the Holy Eucharist we are nourished spiritually. We enter into a profound personal union with the Lord Himself, who said: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (John 6:56).
During the Spring semester of 2nd grade we prepare our children to receive their First Holy Communion. Receiving the Eucharist, we hope, will become a life-long experience as food for the journey.
Children are blessed to be able to receive two sacraments during their 2nd grade year: Reconciliation and Communion. And though passing on the faith may seem like an awesome responsibility, our parish assists parents with two required classes to help them prepare their child with confidence.
In addition to Scriptural passages from both the Old Testament and the New, parents are made aware of ways to explain the "Real Presence" of Jesus in the Eucharist. They also receive suggestions on practical preparations throughout the months that lead up to reception of the sacrament.
The children not only receive instruction each scheduled week in class, but also attend a half-day retreat and practice the Saturday prior to their First Holy Communion.