This page covers both First Communion and Baptism for Children and Teens 7-18 Years
hen we consume the consecrated bread and wine, we proclaim to receive the real body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus.
We receive grace into our hearts in a form like no other. The child has to have reached the age of reason in order to begin to appreciate this great demonstration of Our Lord’s love and his corresponding sacrifice.
Formation for One or Both Sacraments
Whether the child is a candidate for Baptism only, First Communion only, or Baptism with First Communion, he or she will participate in the same sacramental preparation. They should be at least 7 (and/or be enrolled in 2nd Grade) to 18 years to enroll in the program.
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Candidates for First Communion first need to be baptized. Pre-Baptismal classes will be offered to the child, parents, and godparents. The fee is $75. Candidates will be baptized about a month before the Easter Vigil Mass during their 2nd year of the program.
The program for Baptism only, First Communion only, or Baptism with First Communion is a two year process. Classes are offered once a week. The candidate is expected to attend all the sessions, complete assignments on time, follow the Catechist’s instructions, and learn all the required basic prayers before receiving the Sacrament. An Annual Calendar will be given at the beginning of the year.
Knowledge will be tested two months before receiving the Sacrament. Topics will include basic prayers and the Seven Sacraments. Candidates will attend one R.E. (Religious Education) Weekend Retreat per year, complete 30 volunteer hours per year, and participate in R.E. Program events. The First Communion program fee is $135, payable on the day of registration. It is received in addition to the $75 for Baptism.
Expectation of Parents and Godparents
Parents and Godparents must participate in all the sessions, attend Sunday Mass every week, and take part in R.E. Program events. At least one parent must attend the Parent/Godparent Retreat each year.
Parents should take responsibility for their child’s spiritual growth and remain in contact with the Catechist to follow progress.
Criteria for Godparents
• Must be at least 18 years old.
• Is a baptized Catholic who has received the Eucharist and has been confirmed.
• Must be an actively practicing Catholic.
• Can be single or married. If married, must be married in the Church.
• If two godparents are chosen, must be male and female.
• Can give testimony of the maturity of the candidate’s faith.
• Will serve a guide and confidant.
• A companion who will continue to walk with the candidate in his/her faith journey, inviting him/her to complete participation and service in parish life.
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven.”