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.
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 parents and children.
Catechetical instruction in the year immediately before beginning the sacramental preparation process is required. There are many faith formation opportunities at Saint Patrick Catholic Church. Discern which one is the best fit for your family.
Older than 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. 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 you are interested in registering, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Copy of child’s Baptismal Certificate, if not baptized at Saint Patrick Catholic Church
- $50 materials fee. Fees can be paid 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 throughout the sacramental preparation process.