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

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 momentous event for the child, the family, and the parish community as a whole.

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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 parents and children. Catechetical instruction in the year immediately before beginning the sacramental preparation process is required.

Children age 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 called Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for Children— also known as Children’s Catechumen and commonly referred to as RCIC.

How Do I Get Started?

  • If you are interested in registering for Sacramental Prep for First Reconciliation or First communion, email Kim Ward, Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation at kward@saintpats.org to receive the link for the online registration form.
  • You’ll need to submit a copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate, if not baptized at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
  • There is a $50 materials fee which can be paid online or by check made payable to Saint Patrick Catholic Church after registering. If the fee presents a hardship let us know.