Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Your Child's First Holy Communion at St. Philip and St. James Church
A child's First Holy Communion is a joyful and blessed occasion in the life of a Catholic family! For this reason it is a joy for our parish to help families prepare for and celebrate their children's First Holy Communion. The following Frequently Asked Questions may be helpful to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do children make their First Holy Communion?
Children usually receive their First Holy Communion in the Spring of Second Grade in our parish. All second grade students in our Parish School and CCD Programs receive preparation for their First Holy Communion. Preparation for and reception of First Penance (Confession/Reconciliation) is part of this process.
What if my child has already passed the Second Grade?
We love to help older children make their First Holy Communion. Speak to our pastor about the situation, and he will be happy to help you. Helping a child or teen of any age make their First Holy Communion is a pleasure and a privilege for us!
How much preparation is necessary for First Holy Communion?
Generally speaking, children should attend the First and Second Grade in either our parish school or CCD program to prepare for First Holy Communion. If you child has already passed these grades, special arrangements can be made to prepare them for First Communion in an age appropriate way. Once again, parents should speak to our pastor if they have any questions at all about their child's reception of First Holy Communion.
How can I best help my child prepare for First Holy Communion?
There are several ways that parents can and should do this. Teaching your child some basic prayers like the Our Father and Hail Mary is one. Taking them to Church on Sunday is another. Attending Mass on Sunday not only helps your child learn what to do at Church, but also helps them look forward for the day when they - like the older children and adults at Church - can receive Jesus in Holy Communion. Finally, asking your child about what they learn in their religion class (at school or CCD) helps reinforce what they are learning for First Communion.