First Communion is one of the holiest and most important occasion in a Roman Catholic’s life. It is the first time a person receives the Holy Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. For Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist at every Mass.
Adults desiring to become a member of the Catholic Church, baptized Catholics who have never received First Holy Communion or children approaching second grade can receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
St. Norbert Parish welcomes people of all ages into our community. The process for welcoming adults into the Roman Catholic faith is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Click here for more information about RCIA and Adult’s First Holy Eucharist.
Child’s First Communion Service
At St. Norbert Parish, First Holy Communion ceremonies take place at regular weekend masses, usually the first weekend in May. The children sit with their family during the mass. After the Liturgy, the First Communion recipients will line up with their family and other parishioner to receive Communion. When the child approaches, the priest holds up the Eucharist and declares “The Body of Christ,” after which the child shall say “Amen” and receive the host on his or her tongue or hands. They can also receive the “Blood of Christ”.
Traditionally, girls wear beautiful white dresses at the ceremony to emphasize the purity and holiness of the occasion. Boys wear their suits or slacks and ties. A child’s First Holy Communion celebration is usually a very festive family affair. Like Baptism, the day of First Communion usually includes family, friends, and feasting after the sacred event has taken place in church.
Child’s First Communion Preparation
At St. Norbert Parish, the preparation of children for the Sacrament of First Communion generally begins when they are in first grade and concludes in May of their second grade. Preparation involves the child’s ongoing participation in the parish Family Faith Formation program or attendance at St. Norbert Catholic School. In addition, there are a series of activities to prepare for the sacrament including work at home. Parental involvement is essential. For more information, click here to navigate to Sacrament Preparation – First Communion page.
First Communion Schedule 2015/2016
Parent meetings start at the beginning of the sacrament preparation to help families understand their part in the catechetical process.
|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|
Click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for more information First Communion. For additional Ceremony Questions or Requirements, please contact Betty Parkinson, Director of Family Faith Formation.