Preparing for First Holy communion is a continuation of the faith journey that begins with Baptism. First Communion is a very important celebration in the life of the Church. First Communion preparation is much more than learning “how” to receive communion. For the very first time your child will participate fully, consciously, and actively in the celebration of the Eucharist from beginning to end. Our participation in the Mass culminates in our eating and drinking the Body and Blood of Christ.
Preparation for receiving the Eucharist starts in the first grade with children making their First Communion at the end of second grade, normally the first weekend in May. Most children have reached the age of reason and are capable of participating in the sacramental life of the church by this time.
First Communion preparation requires the ongoing participation of the child in first and second grade RE classes. There are additional activities beyond RE classes which require work at home and in the parish. Parental involvement is essential.
St. Norbert Parish uses the book “The Gift of Eucharist”, a RCL Benzinger Publication, to guide children and parents through this faithful path. First Communion preparation is taught during the regular RE classes with parents reinforcing the learnings at home.
Essential Conditions for First Communion
For a child to be ready to receive their First Communication it is necessary that a child:
- BELIEVE that the Eucharist is TRULY the BODY and BLOOD of Jesus.
- Have a DESIRE to receive Him.
Parents and the RE staff will determine a child’s readiness.
- Parents are asked to study with their children at home using “The Gift of Eucharist” book. Materials and instructions will be provided for parents to work on at home with their children to ensure that each child will be prepared for this spiritual milestone. Children will be asked to bring their Eucharist book to their RE class several times for review.
- In addition to home study, parents, along with their children must attend two Sacramental Preparation Workshops. These workshops promote an active and conscious participation in the liturgy and focus on the major themes of the mass; Belonging & The Word and Sharing a Meal.
- Parents remember; the best way for children to appreciate the significance of Holy Eucharist is to attend Sunday mass regularly with their families!
|Parent/Child Meeting||October 13||7:00 pm||St. Norbert Church Hall & Vineyard|
|Belonging Celebration||November 11||TBD||St. Norbert Church|
|2nd Grade Reconciliation||February 2||7:00 pm||St. Norbert Church|
|Sharing a Meal||April 19||TBD||St. Norbert Gym|
|Rehearsal||April 27||4:00 pm or 5:15 pm||St. Norbert Church|
|Ceremony||April 30||5:00 pm Mass||St. Norbert Church|
|Ceremony||May 1||11:30 am Mass||St. Norbert Church|