First Eucharist or First Holy Communion is the common name for a person’s first reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist. Roman Catholics recognize the importance of this event because the Eucharist is the central focus of the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. A child, baptized as an infant into the family of God now takes a place at the Lord’s table. This is a momentus event for the child, the family and the parish community as a whole.
Jesus said to them ‘I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.John 6:35
Preparing for First Communion
Sacramental preparation for First Communion typically starts at 7 years of age or usually 2nd grade and takes place in one year. Preparation begins in the early fall and involves both parents and children. Classes generally meet on Sundays at 12:00 P.M.
Catechetical instruction in the year immediately prior to beginning the sacramental preparation process is required. There are many Faith Formation options at Saint Patrick Catholic Church. Check out the Faith Formation page to learn more and discern which is the best fit for your family.
Older then 8?
First Communion for baptized Catholic children who are older than age 8 or First Communion for children baptized in another Christian denomination who wish to pursue the Catholic faith participate in a process call Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for Children— also know as Children’s Catechumen and commonly referred to as RCIC. To learn more email or call 253-383-2783 ext. 4108.
How Do I Get Started?
If you are interested in the Sacramental Prep program of for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion contact Kim Ward, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation to learn more. Additionally, you will need the following if after discusssion you register for the program.
- Copy of child’s Baptismal Certificate if not baptized at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, mailed to the Parish Center.
- $35 materials fee. Fees can be payed online or by check made payable to Saint Patrick Catholic Church. If the fee presents a hardship, email Kim Ward, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation or call 253-383-2783 ext. 4108.
What Happens Next?
Upon receipt of your completed registration materials, a detailed program description will be emailed to you. In addition, you will receive email reminders and updates as the first parent meeting approaches and throughout the sacramental preparation process.