The Eucharist is a fire that inflames us, that, like lions breathing fire, we may retire from the altar being made terrible to the devil. 

- St. John Chrysostom

First Holy Communion is an incredibly special event that introduces our children to the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the source and summit of the Christian Faith. The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist  is one of the three sacraments of initiation in the Church.  The other two are baptism and confirmation. First Communion is preceded by the Sacrament of Penance, also known as confession or reconciliation  The 2nd grade classes of the Parish School of Religion and St. Joseph School will be prepared to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion at a scheduled Mass in the Spring of 2021.


  • Attend weekly Sunday Mass with your child.

  • Please submit an official copy of you child’s baptismal certificate to the Church Office, unless the child was baptized at St. Joseph’s. If your child was baptized at St. Joseph we can verify baptism with our sacramental records.

  • Make sure that your child faithfully attends First Communion formation (unless other arrangements have been made with the DRE).

  • Help your child learn the prayers he/she is expected to know, such as the Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be, Act of Contrition.

  • Registration fee of $55



  • First meeting: September 13th between morning Masses, meet in the Family Life Center

  • First Communion Parents’ Meeting: Thursday, October 8th, 7 PM (virtual meeting)

  • First Communion Retreat: TBA

  • First Reconciliation: TBA in the Church

  • First Communion Pictures by Harrington House Photography: TBA

  • First Communion Mass:  April 10, 2021 at 6 PM Mass

Children at First Communion


  • Baptism in the Catholic Church.

  • Weekly attendance of Sunday Mass with their families.

  • Faithful attendance of First Communion formation.

  • Mastery of the required prayers for First Communion: the Hail Mary, the Our Father, the Glory Be, the Act of Contrition.

  • Completion of First Communion formation by attending the First Communion Retreat and First Reconciliation.