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First Communion

As Catholics, the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. It is the body, blood, soul, and divinit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pope Francis calls this a "Sacrament of Love." Children in 2nd grade will make their First Communion during the spring of their 2nd grade year, after they make their First Reconciliation. This is a very beautiful, personal, and intimate Sacrament and a profound way in which the child will united with Jesus in a way that they never have before!

Sacramental Preparation Sessions

Sacramental Preparation is a function of the parish as they are celebrated as a parish community. Preparation involves the participation of the parent and child at weekly Mass, the monthly preparation gatherings, study of the sacramental resources, and the child's attendance in Saint Rita day school or PSR.  Children are expected to have been baptized and completed 1st grade religious education to be eligible for the sacraments. 

2nd Grade Preparation Gatherings for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist: For each session: (choose ONE) attend either on Tuesday or Thursday from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in the Church:

2024-2025 Dates:

Gathering  1
Tuesday, September 10
Thursday, September 12 (6:00-7:15pm)
Gathering 2
Tuesday, October 8
Thursday, October 10
Gathering 3
Tuesday, November 12
Thursday, November 14
Gathering 4
Tuesday, December 3
(1 session this month)
Gathering 5
Tuesday, January 14
Thursday, January 16
First Reconciliation (REQUIRED)
Tuesday, January 21
Thursday, January 23
Gathering 6
Tuesday, February 11
Thursday, February 13
Gathering 7
Tuesday, March 11
Thursday, March 13
Gathering 8
Tuesday, April 1
Thursday, April 3

Journey With Jesus Retreats
May 14


2024/2025 First Communion Practices and Date Options

Communion Practices

Communion Date Options

Parish contact: Fr. Behrend