The following checklist will ensure that your child is ready to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. (If your child is the Accelerated program, please refer to the information you received at the beginning of the year.)
Your child must have completed two years of Faith Formation (including the year spent preparing for First Communion). In other words, s/he must have completed the first grade curriculum and be enrolled in the second grade curriculum. First Communion does not automatically happen in second grade if a child has had no religious education prior to second grade.
You will receive your First Eucharist Registration Form and the form requesting the day and time of Mass you would like to schedule for your child's First Holy Communion at the first Parent Meeting in October. Both forms must be turned in before the due date, which will be printed at the bottom of the page. (If your child was not baptized at St. Thomas a'Becket, you must turn in your child's original baptismal certificate along with these forms.You may not schedule a First Communion Mass until you return the official baptismal certificate. This certificate will be returned to you on your child's First Communion day. It will be in the envelope he/she receives on this day along with the First Eucharist certificate.)
The Archdiocesan policy states that the "Sacrament of Reconciliation is received prior to the celebration and reception of First Eucharist. Any variation of this norm occurs on an individual basis." The "normal" expectation is that everyone be prepared and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with five of the lessons from our regular religion book, Faith First. It is the right of the parents to decide whether or not their family is ready for this Sacrament at this time. We will continue to study the sacrament of Reconciliation each year, with a detailed study and special book, We Celebrate Reconciliation, to be used in the fall of the fourth year (4th grade).
Although it is traditional for girls to wear a white dress and/or veil and for boys to wear suits for First Holy Communion, it is not required. Girls may wear white or pastel color dresses, with or without veils. Boys can wear dress pants and shirt, with sweater or vest. We would expect "Sunday Best" for the celebration of this sacrament.