Receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian faith. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist you in preparing your child for this important Sacrament as well as their reception of First Reconciliation.
Children seeking First Holy Communion must attend a series of Parent-Child catechism sessions and retreats, listed below. Additionally, students who are not enrolled in a school which provides religious education must also attend our Faith Formation classes, detailed below.
The Holy Eucharist
The Eucharist is the sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he comes again. He entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday “the night on which he was betrayed” (1 Corinthians 11:23), as he celebrated the Last Supper with his apostles. After he had gathered with his apostles on the night before he was betrayed, in the Cenacle, Jesus took bread in his hands. He broke it and gave it to them saying, “Take this and eat it, all of you; this is my Body which will be given up for you”. Then, he took the cup of wine in his hands and said, “Take this and drink of this, all of you. This is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me”.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of all Christian life. In the Eucharist, the sanctifying action of God in our regard and our worship of him reach their high point. It contains the whole spiritual good of the Church, Christ himself, our Pasch. Communion with divine life and the unity of the People of God are both expressed and affected by the Eucharist. Through the Eucharistic celebration we are united already with the liturgy of heaven and we have a foretaste of eternal life.
For those children not currently enrolled in a school which provides religious education, such as St. Thomas or Spiritus Sanctus, First Communion requires that the child attend Faith Formation through the youth catechism program. Classes are every Sunday, from 4:30-5:45. Alternate times for Faith Formation can be arranged upon request.
First Communion Dates
- Parent/Student Sessions:
- January 31st, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
- February 28th, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
- March 28th, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
- Baptismal Certificates are due by the first of April. Hardcopies can be brought to class or to the front desk. Scanned copies can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cc Kate Bockbrader (email@example.com) or Caty Sumerton (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you turn in the forms via email.
- First Communion Retreat:
- May 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., St. Thomas School Library and Chapel
- This retreat will cover First Communion practice, Communicant Interviews, and First Reconciliation.
- First Communion Mass
- May 14th, 10:30 a.m., St. Thomas Church
A Child’s Readiness for First Communion
- They have a relationship with Jesus and basic understanding that He died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead so we can have a relationship with him.
- They show curiosity about the Eucharist.
- Able to understand, even at the most basic level that we are remembering what Jesus did for us on the cross.
- The child should understand the simple and yet deep mysteries of the Eucharist that one is welcomed to the table. Eucharist is from the Greek meaning ‘thanksgiving,’ and it is synonymous with Holy Communion and the Lord’s Supper.
St. Thomas the Apostle Dress Code for the celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.
- Dress Pants (Navy blue or black)
- White Dress Shirt with a tie
- Dress Jacket (Optional)
- Dress Shoes
- White dress (knee length or longer)
- Veil (Optional)
- No gloves or bouquets