FIRST HOLY COMMUNION EVENTS
All children receiving First Holy Communion in 2018 must attend these preparation events.
March 28 at 6 pm: First Eucharist/First Reconciliation Retreat
We will meet in the parish hall first, then go to the school.
Each child receiving the sacrament must bring one parent or godparent to the retreat. No brothers and sisters, please. This retreat is only for Grades 2 – 5.
April 21: 10 am to 12 pm; 3 to 5 pm; First Reconciliation in the church
April 25: 6 pm – First Reconciliation in the church
Please choose a time for your confession. Be prepared. Please bring your name card with you and give it to Father Fabio at your confession.
April 26 at 7pm: Rehearsal for First Holy Communion; please bring your godparents if possible; your parents are welcome to come, too. All candidates MUST attend.
April 28: First Holy Communion Mass at 10:00 am
All children and godparents must be in the parish hall by 9:15 am; all other family members and friends should have a seat in the church. There are no reserved seats.
Boys: Please wear dark pants and white dress shirt and tie. Please tuck your dress shirt into your pants, and wear a belt. You can wear a suit, either in dark color or in white, if you choose. You can wear a sport coat with your dark pants, if you like. Please, no khakis, shorts, jeans, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
Please wear a white dress typical for First Holy Communion. You can also wear a First Communion veil to go with your dress. Older girls do not have to wear a veil, but can also choose to wear white ribbons, bows, flowers or a small, modest tiara. Please wear dress shoes. For older girls, all dresses must have sleeves to cover the shoulders. If your dress has bare shoulders, you MUST wear a shrug, sweater or shawl to cover your shoulders during Mass. All jewelry and makeup must be modest. Please, no flip-flops, tennis shoes or extra-high heels.
Each candidate must have a candle, which will be used in the Mass. You are welcome to use your baptismal candle, or you can purchase a special First Holy Communion candle. All candles must be white. Some families purchase a plain white candle, and pin flowers and ribbons into it.
First Holy Communion is an exciting day for everyone! We ask that you maintain respect for the Mass by not using flash photography, and not crowding the side aisles near the altar for filming during Mass. There will be group photos at the altar afterward. You are welcome to bring your own camera for pictures.
There will be cake and punch served in the parish hall after the Confirmation Mass. Candidates may pick up their certificates at this time. If you have a special gift for a candidate, it can be placed on the table in the parish hall, and Father Fabio will bless it.