First Holy Communion, a Sacrament of Initiation along with Baptism and Confirmation, is traditionally celebrated during the Easter season (late April – early May). The excitement and enthusiasm that children often display in anticipation for their First Holy Communion is perhaps an invitation for all of us to discover anew and reflect upon the wonder and awe of God’s gift to us in the sacrament of the Eucharist. Just as your children will be diligently preparing for the sacrament, so should all of us be examining our own readiness to receive this most holy sacrament. The church stresses regular confession as an important element in the lives of those who frequently receive communion. Also, parents whose marriage has taken place outside the church without the requisite dispensations are encouraged to take steps to have their marriage blessed in the church.
Other important information regarding the First Holy Communion Mass:
First Holy Communion Preparation
A parents’ meeting is scheduled approximately three weeks prior to the ceremony and is held at the Pawcatuck Middle School. This is an important meeting during which additional information and guidance regarding the Mass is provided. Practice for First Holy Communion is scheduled the week prior to the ceremony. This practice is for parents and their children.
Girls: White or off-white dress, veil or floral wreath, and dress shoes (no sneakers) and stockings. Note: girls cannot wear gloves during the ceremony.
Boys: White shirt, conservative tie, dark colored pants, dress shoes (no sneakers) and dark socks.
To maintain decorum and respect for the Sacrament, no photographs may be taken during the First Communion Mass. You will have an opportunity to take pictures in the church after Mass.
Order of Service
The children sit together as a group in the front center sections of the church and receive Holy Communion before everyone else.
Family members may sit behind the reserved seating section or in the side sections of the church.
Contact Crystal Wilcox, Director of Religious Education, with any questions at 860-599-5580.