First Holy Communion

First Communion

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.

The sacramental preparation plan for those children in grades 3-8 who have had little or no prior religious education will be determined on an individual basis.  This may include attending regular RE classes with their age-mates, separate OCIA/C classes, and/or lessons to be completed with parents at home.

Contact Cathy Gillooly in the Religious Education Office at 630-554-1425 or reo@stanneparish.org if you have questions or concerns about First Holy Communion. 

Important First Communion Dates

Parent & Child Meeting:

A parent (or other responsible adult) must attend with the child for a special meeting after the 9:15 and 11:00 AM Masses on Sunday, January 22, 2023. 

Parent & Child Retreat:

At least one parent is expected to attend with your child for one of the following Retreats:  March 4, 2023 OR March 18, 2023

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.

Church Tour:

Students will go on a tour of the Church during their regular class time the week of April 17-19, 2023.  Parents are welcome but not required to participate.

First Communion Rehearsal:

Rehearsals will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 and 6:00 PM. A parent (or other responsible adult) must attend with the child.

First Communion Masses:

The First Communion Masses are scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2023 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.