All children who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion, regardless of their age, must first be prepared to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). Please see the First Reconciliation page for information regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Two years of preparation is necessary prior to receiving the sacrament of Communion. This is typically in 1st and 2nd grade, with First Communion being received in April or May of the 2nd grade year.
Any incoming 2nd grader who did not attend RE classes in 1st grade will be placed in a 1st grade class to learn the basics of the faith. The following year they will be placed in a 2nd grade class to prepare for and receive Reconciliation and First Communion.
A two-year program is also available for older students (grades 3-7) with little or no prior religious education who need to prepare for First Communion. These students will be placed in a regular RE class with their age mates to learn about the basics of the faith. They will also join a group of students that will meet several times throughout the two years on Sunday mornings to learn about Reconciliation (RCIA/C Year 1) and First Communion (RCIA/C Year 2).
Contact Cathy Gillooly in the Religious Education Office at 630-554-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns about First Holy Communion.
Important First Communion Dates
The following dates apply to families with students in Grade 2 for 2018-2019. Families with older students in RCIA/C Year 2 will receive a schedule of important dates once classes have begun for the year.
Mandatory – Parent & Child Gathering:
A parent (or other responsible adult) must attend with the child for a special meeting and activities during their regular RE class time on:
Monday, January 28 – 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 29 – 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, January 30 – 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:00 to 7:00 PM
* At least one parent is expected to attend. If you cannot make it on your child’s usual day/time, you and your child can join us for any of the scheduled Gatherings the week of January 28 – 30, 2019.
Mandatory – Parent & Child Retreat:
At least one parent is expected to attend with your child for one of the following Retreats. Please contact the RE Office to sign up for your preferred date.
February 2, 2019 OR February 23, 2019 OR March 16, 2019
All the Retreats are being held on Saturdays from 3:30 to 6:00 PM at St. Anne Parish and will conclude with the families attending the 5:00 Mass.
Students will go on a tour of the Church during their regular class time on the following dates. Parents are welcome but not required to participate.
Monday, February 11 – 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, February 26 – 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 27 – 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:00 to 7:00 PM
If your child cannot make it on their usual day/time, they can join us for any of the Church Tours listed above.
First Communion Masses:
Families will receive the schedule of their assigned date and time for their First Communion Mass at the First Reconciliation Parent Meeting on October 1 or 2, 2018.
The two dates for our First Communion Masses are Saturday, April 27 and Saturday, May 4, 2019.