First Communion

With the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation, sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion occurs during third grade. During this year, third graders will also be preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Your family must be enrolled in the Family of Faith program and regularly attend its twice-monthly meetings. Additionally, children and one parent must also attend the First Holy Communion Retreat.

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Your child’s formation for First Holy Communion is based on your family’s active participation in the Catholic faith. Canon Law #793 states that the parents are the primary educators of their children’s faith. Receiving the Sacrament of Eucharist is not just a cultural or traditional rite of passage that Catholics do just because they are Catholic.  Rather, this Sacrament is a powerful, grace-filled experience that provides us with the necessary spiritual energy to fuel our Christian pilgrimage on Earth.  The Sacrament impels us, through grace, to further our commitment to Christ. Your desire to prepare your child for the reception of this Sacrament confirms you are committed to your Catholic faith.

Parents are highly encouraged to follow some basic guidelines to ensure their children are prepared; some helpful hints in making your child’s preparation more meaningful:

  • Attend Mass regularly
  • Pray and sing with the congregation
  • Receive Communion regularly
  • Discuss the weekly readings with your child
  • Discuss the Homily with your child after Mass
  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly
  • Model forgiveness at home
  • Model an active faith through community involvement
  • Learn about and model the Beatitudes

The requirements for a successful completion of the First Holy Communion Sacramental Preparation program at Christ the King:

  • Third Grade
  • Baptized in the Christian faith
  • Received the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Enrolled in Confirmation Sacramental Prep Program (or have already been confirmed)
  • Enrollment and regular attendance in the Family of Faith program
  • Family of Faith discussions and activities at home, prior to Family Meeting
  • Mandatory attendance at the First Holy Communion Retreat (parent & child)

Classes are held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:30pm, and are filled on a first come-first serve basis. To enroll in the program, please complete a registration form, which is located throughout the church, or click HERE.

Contact Rosemarie Fearrin, Director of Religious Education / 303.674.5282