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 final Family Session will take place on April 20 at 5:30pm in the Faith Center Community Room

FIRST COMMUNION
MASS SCHEDULE
First Communion Masses are currently scheduled for May 8 and May 15, 2021 at 10am and 1pm.

FAQs Regarding Spring 2021 First Communion Masses

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? 
Each family will have one full pew reserved for them at their scheduled First Communion Mass, which can seat up to 10 people. All families should keep the number of people attending to what their pew can accommodate, as there will not be extra seating available.
All guests must be following any COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of First Communion, including travel restrictions, use of masks, etc.
Can we have a big celebration in the fall instead of having First Communion now?
We would love to have a big celebration. However, there is no clear indication that anything will be back to normal by then. 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.
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 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.

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 shoes.

*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.