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First Holy Communion is celebrated after a child reaches the age of 7 years or is in the 2nd grade. First Communion preparation is completed in the regular Sunday religious education classes or through J.E. Cosgriff School.  First Communion is celebrated in a special celebration in May.

 

  1. Any student wishing to prepare for First Communion must have had religious instruction the previous year with good attendance.
  2. Children preparing for First Communion will generally receive it in the second grade or at another time when the child demonstrates his/her readiness.
  3. Parents of both parochial and public school students must be involved in the preparation of their children for this sacrament. To help them in this responsibility, the Director of Religious Education will see that a preparation program for parents is provided each year. All parents are expected to participate in this program.
  4. Parents, along with their child’s religion teacher, will determine when the child is ready to receive Eucharist for the first time.
  5. Attending Mass every Sunday is necessary. Children learn best with regular mass attendance and the sacrament will be more meaningful.
  6. Regular class attendance is necessary. More than three unexcused absences for the year may result in the postponement of a child’s reception of this sacrament.
  7. Towards the end of the school year, one solemn group Communion will take place.

This group experience will help to impress upon the children and their families the importance of the social aspect of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, as well as being witnesses to the parish at large.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

  1. It is the policy of the Diocese of Salt Lake City and this parish that First Reconciliation precede First Communion. Therefore, all children preparing for First Communion will also be prepared to celebrate Reconciliation.
  2. Parents of both parochial and public school students must be involved in the preparation of their children for this sacrament. To help them in this responsibility, the Director of Religious Education will see that a preparation program for parents is provided each year. All parents are expected to participate in this program.
  3. Because parents are the primary educators of their children, it is their role to determine when their child is ready to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Talk with the Director of Religious Education if you feel your child is not ready by the time we have the communal Reconciliation service.
  4. By mid-school year, a communal Penance Service will take place.

Regular class attendance is necessary. More than three absences for the year may result in the postponement of the Sacraments.

 

Please click here to access the First Communion Calendar 2016-17