First Communion Requirements

"Children must be instructed in the Mass including the options and manner of receiving the Eucharist. These options are under one or both species; and the manner may be in the hand or on the tongue. (Appendix to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal for the Dioceses of the United States of America, n.240 and n.242). The individual readiness of the child must be respected as a determining factor in the reception of the sacrament of First Eucharist (CIC 913 §1). In order to facilitate the full involvement of parents or of those who take the place of parents, each parish is to provide access to an understanding of the celebration of the Eucharist so that they (parents or those responsible for the child) may renew and deepen their own belief in the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament of the Eucharist (CIC 777 n.1, n.5). Children are to continue to be instructed through catechetical instruction and formation after the reception of First Communion (CIC 777 n.3). Parents are to be supported in their own faith journey and in their role as the primary religious educators of their children after the celebration of their child’s First Eucharist (CIC 777 n.5).  Children must continue Religious Education Classes after receiving the Sacrament of First Eucharist."

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Director of Religious Education
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