Along with the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. During First Holy Communion we receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. As Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass. We extend a special greeting to you if you are trying to find out more about First Holy Communion for yourself or your child.


First Communion for Children

Preparation for First Eucharist starts the year before they are to receive the sacrament.  Parents should have their children enrolled in Religious Education classes by first grade. Preparation continues into the second grade with children receiving First Eucharist in the spring of their second grade. 


Information and formational meetings for both parent and child are required during the year.


Preparation for older children is arranged through the Religious Education office; please call Pat Kahl at 708-799-5400, ext 221.


First Eucharist for Adults

Preparation for adults who have not received First Communion is done through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program.  Please contact the Pat Kahl at 708-799-5400, ext 221 for more information.