First Communion

Preparing to Receive Our Lord Jesus Christ Through the Sacrament of the Eucharist

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Mildred I. Ratcliffe
Coordinator of Religious Education
Ext. 1501
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Mission:

To prepare our students to receive our Lord Jesus Christ through the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Requirements:

First Communion requires two consecutive school years of class preparation. First grade is the earliest a student may begin this process. The student will also be required to complete their first Reconciliation on the designated Thursday or Sunday noted in the below schedule. 

Required Meetings & Events:

Please refer to the class schedule and requirements list below, as well as the required steps for Reconciliation. If you have a schedule change request for First Communion, please contact the Office of Religious Education in writing at ccd@stlcatholic.org as soon as possible. Please note the dress code listed in the  Communion Schedule. 

What Is Communion?

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding the Blessed Sacrament of Communion

WHAT IS HOLY COMMUNION?

Holy Communion is receiving Jesus Christ in the Bread and Wine.

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Our Savior and our Brother.

WHY DOES JESUS GIVE HIMSELF IN HOLY COMMUNION?

Jesus gives us Holy Communion because He loves us.

WHAT DID JESUS DO TO SHOW THAT HE LOVES US VERY MUCH?

Jesus showed that he loves us very much by giving up His life and dying on the cross for us.

WHAT DID JESUS DO AT THE LAST SUPPER?

Jesus took a piece of bread, broke it and gave it to his apostles and said: “TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND EAT IT: THIS IS MY BODY WHICH
WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.” Then Jesus took a cup of wine, blessed it and gave it to his apostles and said: ‘TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU AND DRINK FROM IT: THIS IS THE CUP OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT. IT WILL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR ALL SO THAT SINS MAYBE FORGIVEN. DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.”

JESUS HAD THE POWER TO CHANGE BREAD AND WINE INTO HIS BODY AND BLOOD. DID HE GIVE THIS POWER TO ANYONE?

Yes, Jesus gave this power to his helpers, the apostles.

WHO HAS THIS POWER TODAY?

The priests have this power today.

WHEN DOES THE PRIEST USE THIS POWER?

The priest uses this power during the consecration of the Mass.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORDINARY BREAD AND THE SACRED HOST?

Yes, ordinary bread is the bread we eat at home. The sacred host is the invisible body of Jesus we receive during the Mass.

AFTER YOU RECEIVE THE SACRED HOST IN YOUR HANDS. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

I step to the side, place the host in my mouth, then I return to my place in church OR receive His Precious Blood.

WHY DOES THE FAMILY OF GOD GO TO MASS EVERY SUNDAY?

The family of God goes to Mass:
– To pray for ourselves and other people.
– To celebrate God’s love for us.
– To ask forgiveness of our sins.
– To give thanks to God our Father.

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer is listening to God and talking to Him with love.

WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER YOU RECEIVE COMMUNION?

I pray and talk to Jesus.

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE THE PRECIOUS BLOOD?

When the priest says, “THE BLOOD OF CHRIST”, I say AMEN and take the cup with both of my hands and drink from it. Then I return to my place in the church.

WHY DOES THE FAMILY OF GOD GO TO MASS EVERY SUNDAY?

The family of God goes to Mass:
– To pray for ourselves and other people.
– To celebrate God’s love for us.
– To ask forgiveness of our sins.
– To give thanks to God our Father.

WHAT OTHER THINGS DO WE DO AT MASS?

We listen to God’s Words.
We thank God for making us a member of His Family. We receive Jesus in Communion.

WHAT DOES GOD WANT US TO DO AFTER MASS?

God wants us to bring more joy and happiness
– To our home
– To our neighborhood
– To our world

SHOULD WE EAT OR DRINK BEFORE GOING TO COMMUNION?

We should not eat or drink anything (except water or medicine) one hour before going to Communion. We do this as a sign of respect for Jesus