First Holy Communion

Information Regarding the Reception of First Holy Communion

Preparation to receive First Holy Communion has begun!
The dates for First Communion are May 8 and May 15, 2021. Please be advised that these dates are subject to any restrictions that may be in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distance Learning Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to return to on-campus Sacramental Preparation. In lieu of weekly in-person formation,  all Sacramental Preparation will take place at home, utilizing an online curriculum and Google Classroom to track students’ progress. In addition to at-home formation, six live Family Sessions are required. For more information about the program, visit the Sacramental Preparation home page.

For those already registered for preparation, please check your email for information regarding how to access all of your materials and the Google Classroom for the academic year.

Upcoming Events


Mandatory Family Sessions:

There will be six (6) mandatory family sessions for the 2020-2021 academic year. The student preparing for a Sacrament and at least one parent must attend these six sessions in-person or via Zoom.

The next Family Session will take place on January 19 at 5:30pm in the Faith Center Community Room

First Communion Masses are currently scheduled for May 8 and May 15, 2021 at 10am and 1pm. If the current COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, additional Masses will take place on May 22 and May 29 at 10am and 1pm. For the latest updates, please check your email.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to provide the most accurate information regarding the reception of First Holy Communion at this time. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times!

FAQs Regarding the Spring 2020 First Communion Masses from Fr. Sam

How are the First Communion Masses organized? 
Masses are organized via SignUp Genius on a first come, first served basis. These smaller groups will allow us to observe proper social distancing requirements while still making the day special for each child.
Who can attend? 
This information is still TBD for Spring 2021.
Spring 2020 Guideline: In addition to our first Communion students, only parents and siblings should plan to attend the First Communion Masses, as we are not permitted to have more than 100 people in the church at a time. According to requirements of the State of Connecticut and Diocese of Bridgeport, social distancing must be observed in the church at all times. Family units (members of the same household) may sit together, provided they remain at least six feet from anyone outside their household. This allows each family to be present without violating the guidelines we must follow. We recognize that many family members from outside your household will want to attend, but COVID-19 precautions make that impossible. Thank you for your understanding, and for helping your children to understand the circumstances that are beyond anyone’s control.
Can we have a big celebration in the fall instead of having First Communion now?
This information is still TBD for Spring 2021.
Spring 2020 Guideline: We would love to have a big celebration. However, there is no clear indication that anything will be back to normal by then.  In fact, as you know, many experts are still predicting a resurgence of coronavirus in the fall. It is therefore imprudent to plan a large celebration for the fall when so many variables are impossible to know. Instead, we are planning for what we can do now, with the desire that we do not delay First Communion unnecessarily. Of far greater importance than the size of the crowd is the fact that your child will receive the gift of the Eucharist. Please focus on that sacramental gift.
Incidentally, a number of the couples whose weddings are scheduled here at St. Pius have been altering their plans. Most have chosen to postpone their receptions, but keep their wedding date (albeit with fewer guests). It is not the wedding they dreamed of, but they are focused on the most important thing – their love for one another and their desire to spend the rest of their lives together!
What safety precautions are in place? 
The Church will be sanitized before and after all Masses, with special attention paid to high touch surfaces. All in attendance must wear masks. For the time being, Diocesan guidelines forbid communal singing, as multiple reports indicate that singing expels significant amounts of aerosolized particles.
Seats will be preassigned, with each family taking a single pew. This will help us to safely and efficiently seat everyone while ensuring safe social distancing. We ask you to kindly confirm to the email sent to you later this week, that you will attend, providing the number of people in your family.
During the distribution of Holy Communion, the priests will wear masks. They sanitize their hands before the distribution of Communion begins and again if they make physical contact with someone, and again when the distribution is complete.
What should my child wear?
If possible, we suggest traditional First Communion attire: jacket and tie for boys, white dress for girls. However, you may have purchased something before the quarantine that your child has since grown out of, or have been unable to get to a store to buy something because of the quarantine. In that case, something neat and clean and approximating Sunday best is the way to go. Don’t worry too much.
How will Communion be distributed?
The center aisle of the church will have markings indicating six-foot intervals for social distancing. At the front of the church, along the altar rail, four markings will be placed on the floor – six feet apart – indicating where people are to go to receive Holy Communion. The First Communion students will kneel at those designated spots at the altar rail to receive – this posture makes it easier for the priest to give them the Eucharist, and helps the children to be still long enough to receive reverently and without rushing.
Will the First Communion Mass be live-streamed? 
We will live-stream the Mass on our parish Facebook page and YouTube channel so that family and friends who cannot attend in person can witness this special occasion.
What if I am not comfortable bringing my child to a Mass with so many people? 
You may opt for your child to receive at one of our weekday (8:30 AM) Masses, or you may wait longer. Should you opt for a longer wait, there are no additional preparatory requirements. If opting for a weekday Mass, Fr. Sam will contact you to discuss logistics and social distancing attendance restrictions.
Are the kids really ready? 
Fortunately, our students were able to cover a great deal of material in class prior to the quarantine. Since classes were suspended, you parents have done an outstanding job using the materials we provided. Remember that fruitful reception of the sacraments does not depend primarily on completing a program. Rather, we spend our lives practicing the faith. The Eucharist as a sacrament we can receive frequently is, therefore, a mystery we will spend our entire lives understanding. The best way for your child’s First Communion to take root in their hearts is to repeat the experience as often as possible.
Please watch the video about receiving Holy Communion with your child and help them practice at home you received via email.

Distance Learning Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Children wishing to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion may begin preparation no earlier than Grade 2.

Dress for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Girls: White dress of any length. Dress shoes.
Headpieces optional: veils, floral wreaths, headbands, etc.

Boys: Blazer and tie with any color dress pant or suit. Dress shows.

*if your child has other accessories such as rosary beads, gloves, purses, or Bibles, we ask that you hold these items for the duration of the Mass. The children will not be allowed to have them in their pew.