First Holy Communion for Children
First Holy Communion is our great and joyous meal of love, unity and thanksgiving.
We, at Sacred Heart, are pleased to partner with parents in a great responsibility, educating their children in the Catholic faith. Our program is rooted in family life, supported by catechesis in the GIFT program, workshops and celebrated with the church community.
Preparation for Eucharist is a two-year program (typically grades 1-2), with our formal preparation beginning in the second year.
The first year* the child will attend the GIFT program with at least one parent. Weekly Mass attendance, participating in the Liturgy of the Word/Little Liturgy program and the monthly Children's Mass (October-May) is essential in the preparation process.
In the second year* the child and parent(s) attend the GIFT program and participate in liturgy as described in the first year program. Formal preparation for First Reconciliation (confession) and First Eucharist consists of four additional, sacrament focused workshops. These are attended by the parent(s) and child. There will be time for prayer, group activities, discussion and practice on how to celebrate the sacraments. First Reconciliation is celebrated before a child celebrates his/her First Holy Communion. See the 2016-2017 schedule.
*This is a typical age for sacramental preparation but our program accomodates and welcomes all children and teens into age appropriate faith formation for celebrating the sacraments