All children who are ready to receive their first Holy Communion in the spring of 2018, must first receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) in the Autumn of 2017. Please see the First Reconciliation page for information regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation
First Holy Communion 2018
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 Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM.
First Holy Communion Information
|FIRST COMMUNION MASS
|April 21, 2018 at 10:00 am – RE Students
||During Class time|
|April 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm – SSPP School Students
||During Class time|
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 (2018) at least one parent must attend these mandatory meeting, unless you have attended a First Communion meeting in the past three years.
This year’s Parent Meetings will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 and Thursday, October 19, 2017. Please choose the meeting more convenient for you.
The second parent formation meeting for those who have a child in a sacrament preparation year (Grade 1 & 2 in the parish school, Eucharist I and II or Sacrament Prep I and II) is an online resource.
FORMED is an online library of Catholic videos, movies, books, and audio recordings. Watch, listen, or read one of the resources on www.formed.org and return a 1-2 paragraph typed summary of the resource to the RE Office (see below). Please note: The resource should be something other than the “Opening the Word” weekly Gospel reflection (although this is a great tool for Trinity Pledges or personal use.) Resources can be accessed after creating an account with our parish code: 4DJBWZ
Some resources, such as a book or movie, will take a longer time to go through than an audio recording or an episode of a video series. The summary should be written by a parent or guardian and is due no later than Friday, March 9th. Feel free to hand in the summary at any time. You need not wait until the second half of the year to complete this requirement.
This online formation is required for all families with a child in a sacrament preparation grade regardless of whether you have had older children in the program. Using the FORMED resources assures that you never have to listen to the same material twice. If you have children in two different sacrament preparation years, a different summary must be completed for each.
Summaries can be emailed to [email protected] or dropped off in the RE Office. Please do not give the summary to your child to hand in; many papers are lost this way.
First Grade Parent Talk, Father Milota: Listen
Bishop Barron’s Video’s referenced in Father’s talk:
Second Grade Parent Talk, Mike Brummond: Listen
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.
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.