Along with the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation, Holy Communion is one of the Catholic Church’s three Sacraments of Initiation. It is through the Sacraments of Initiation that we become full members of the Church. We receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during the First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (which is truly the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.
One’s First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Catholic person’s life. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason. Older people can receive communion for the first time when they have met all of the Catholic Church’s requirements. If you are an adult, 18 years or older, who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic and have never received First Holy Communion, please refer to The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for further information and contact the parish office.
If your child is approaching second grade, or a little older; we want to assist you in raising your child in the faith. Below are some of the frequently asked questions to help you understand the process of having your child receive First Holy Communion.
Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe)