7270 SW 120th Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Phone: 305-238-7562
Fax: 305-238-6844
information@stlcatholic.org

First Communion

First Holy Communion and Reconciliation is a two year CCD program that children need to attend.

For adults seeking to receive First Holy Communion, please contact Fr. Paul Vuturo at 305-238-7562 ext 1409.


Frequently Asked Questions

Approximately how long is the First Communion Mass?

This depends on factors such as the length of the homily, the number of people receiving communion, etc. A good idea is to reserve at least 2.5 hours from the moment you arrive (which must be one hour before Mass is scheduled) until the time you leave. For example, if your child will be receiving First Communion during the 10:00 AM Mass you should be here from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM.

What do you do when a child refuses to go to Church on Sunday?

Take your children to Mass as often as you can. Familiarity with the Mass helps them to appreciate each liturgical ritual more than we realize. There are a few things you can do to help "prepare" children for Mass: watch a Mass on TV with your children and explain what is going on. This is a good time to practice sitting still and listening even for short periods of time.. Read children's books about Jesus, Mary, the Mass, Bible stories, etc... Start teaching the prayers/hymns of the Masses -the Our Father, Amen, various responses, Sign of the Cross, Alleluia, Lamb of God, etc.

How often does the Church require Catholics to attend reconciliation?

All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year (Code of Canon Law 989.) Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. Indeed, the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as he is merciful (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1458)

How can parents follow up at home with the lessons children learn in class?

On-going communication with your child’s Catechist is the best way to create a link between home and Church. Parents may also reinforce lessons covered in Religious Education by logging on to our website’s Weekly Lessons Schedule you can find out which session is being covered each week. Activities and resources for each session are found at www.FindingGod.org

What can parents do to grow in faith?

Adult Faith Formation is very important because parents are their children’s primary catechists. Our parish has various opportunities such as bibles classes, retreats, seminars, prayer groups, missions, etc. Updated information is published in the Saint Louis weekly bulletin and website. If you would like to participate in an adult faith formation group for parents while children are in Religious Education classes, please contact our office.

What can we do to prepare our children for their First Communion?

Live and nurture your own faith. Show by example what it means to be in communion. Share at least one meal together at the family table. Join our community every Sunday as we share the Bread of Life at the Lord’s Table.

What if my child has a disability?

The same requirements apply to all of God’s children: family participation in Sunday Mass, chronological age of at least seven years and two years of sacramental preparation. Readiness will be considered according to the individual needs of each family.

When do we find out when our child’s First Communion day will be?

Mass schedules will be assigned based on the number of children per class. Look for the name of your child's teacher on the First Communion Mass Assignments posted above on this website.

How many guests can I invite to my child’s First Communion Mass?

A reasonable number of guests is 6 adults other than the parents. We have scheduled 5 Masses in order to avoid admission tickets. We ask all families to cooperate by inviting a reasonable number of guests.

Which priest is presiding my child's Mass?

We will not know because priests' schedules change on short notice. A good idea is to write our pastor's name in your child remembrance card.

What is the dress code for boys?

White from the waist up: long sleeve white shirt, white tie, dark trousers, dark shoes. Jackets are not required. Boys are allowed to wear a jacket only if it is white (white suit is optional)

What is the dress code for girls?

White dress below the knee, white shoes, white socks or stockings. Hair accesories such as flowers, ribbons or veils are optional. Girls may wear a long dress if they can walk comfortably with it.

When is First Reconciliation?

Your child’s class will be assigned to one of our two First Reconciliation services. Please see the First Communion Assignments above for the schedule.

How are children prepared for reconciliation?

Your child’s catechist will be addressing the issue of forgiveness and reconciliation throughout the year. Special preparation and rehearsal services will be scheduled. A developmentally appropriate Examination of Conscience and Act of Contrition will be provided for your child. Parents play and important role in preparing children for this sacrament as well. You can teach by example that it is okay to say “I’m sorry” and to apologize. Opportunities abound at home to show forgiveness and love. Spend time with your children and teach them about God’s unconditional love and mercy.

Can parents receive Reconciliation with our children?

Yes. Parents are welcome to participate in our February Reconciliation services. Children learn best by experiencing this sacrament in the context of family and community. Parents are also encouraged to take advantage of our parish's regularly scheduled confessions every Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM and from 7:30 to 8:30 PM in the small chapel. Regular participation of the sacrament of Reconciliation is recommended at least twice a year or as often as you need it.

How do we keep the kids enthusiastic after their First Communion?

Continue bringing them to Mass every Sunday and to Religious Education classes during the week. Teach them by example that learning about Eucharist does not stop after First Communion.

How do we teach our children the difference between sin and mistakes?

A sin is intentional, such as pushing somebody with the purpose of hurting that person. A mistake is accidental, such as tripping over somebody.

Our children really enjoy participating in the Children's Liturgy during the 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 7:15 PM (en español), but they become distracted during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. How do we help them focus on that part of the Mass as well?

It helps to sit with your family in the front pews in order to reduce distractions. Make sure that your children are not excessively hungry, tired or in need to go to the bathroom. If you explain what happens during the Mass, they will become fascinated and share your enthusiasm. Resources such as Mass booklets and DVD’s are available in our Bookstore as well as online.

How do we make up if we cannot attend one of the mandatory parent meetings?

If you wish for your child to receive First Communion this year, you must attend all First Communion meetings. Please refer to the “First Communion Important Dates” section above and reserve all dates in your calendars. These events happen only once in the life of your child and therefore are mandatory. In case of extreme emergencies, you may contact the Religious Education office. We will consider each case based on individual family circumstances.

Do we have a retreat?

Yes, we have a retreat for one or both parents and first communicants. Attendance is mandatory. This is a great privilege for the whole community so PLEASE RESERVE THE DATE!!!