All children who are ready to receive their first Holy Communion in the spring of 2017, must first receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) in the Autumn of 2016. Please see the First Reconciliation page for information regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation
First Holy Communion 2017
Two years of preparation is necessary prior to receiving the sacrament of Communion. Preparation typically begins in 1st grade.
Children’s Ministry Sacramental Preparation classes are available for students who are in grades 3-6 who have not yet been baptized or who are baptized but have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation or Eucharist. This is a two year program meeting on either Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM or Friday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM, depending on where the child enters the preparation cycle.
First Holy Communion Information
|FIRST COMMUNION MASS
|May 6, 2017 at 10:00 am||TBD|
|May 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm||TBD|
Girls should wear a dress that is modest (white is traditional, but is not mandatory). It may be sleeveless but never strapless. If it is cool that day, a sweater may be in order. Veils are traditional but are not a requirement. White gloves may be worn; however gloves must be removed before coming forward for Communion if receiving on the hand.
Boys should wear a white shirt with a neck or bow-tie, as well as dress slacks and dress shoes. They may wear a suit or sport coat if desired.
Seating for Mass
Masses will be celebrated in the church. The children will sit as a group with their class and teacher. Families will be assigned a pew, which will be determined by lottery. This will be either one of the long pews on either side of the main aisle or two of the shorter pews by the walls. The reserved pews will be marked with the family name and the remainder of the pews in church will be considered open seating. Outside of the reserved pews for the families, any attempt to self-reserve pews is not permitted. In fairness to all of the families, coats, books, cameras or anything else left in the open seating section with no live person sitting there will be removed. The reserved seating arrangements will be announced the week of rehearsal. If consideration for family members needing handicapped seating must be made, please contact the Religious Education Office at 630-357-2436 to ensure availability.
The children should be brought to their designated pews one half hour before the start of Mass. A recitation of the Rosary by the classes will take place approximately 15 minutes before the Mass begins to help the children focus on the celebration.
Photos and Videos
Pictures or videos may not be taken once the Mass begins. There will be ample time during the procession to take pictures and pictures may be taken inside the church before or after Mass. We have arranged for a professional photographer to take a picture of each child as he/she receives the Lord for the first time. These pictures will be available immediately to purchase and take home following each Mass. Further information is attached.
Only the precious body of Jesus will be offered at these Masses, as the reception of the Precious Blood is a decision that the family must make. If you decide that your child will receive the Precious Blood, he or she may do so at the regular weekend Mass that evening or the next day – Sunday. Please note that the First Communion Mass does not satisfy your Sunday obligation to attend Mass that weekend.
First Communion Mass is typically a little over an hour long.
Mandatory Meeting for Parents of First Communicants
Regardless of class meeting day or age, if your child is scheduled to receive First Communion this spring (2017) at least one parent must attend these mandatory meetings, one in the Fall Semester and one in the Spring Semester. Two times are offered for each semester. These will be listed once the schedule is confirmed.
First Grade Parent Talk, Father Milota: Listen
Bishop Barron’s Video’s referenced in Father’s talk:
Second Grade Parent Talk, Mike Brummond: Listen