Good afternoon! So excited that our First Communion dates are coming up over the next 2 weekends! Please read the e-mail below carefully, as it includes updates on activities/assignments for last week and this coming week, as well as other important information about First Communion. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
Homework for the week of May 15-22
1) Read: p.178-181 in the Blessed: First Communion book
Watch: Session 6 Episode 5: “From the Bible: I Will Always Be With You”
2) Read: p.182-185 in the Blessed: First Communion book
Watch: Session 6 Episode 6: “Trusting God”
To view the episodes, click the link below, scroll down, and select the correct episode:
3) Practice receiving communion with your child several times this week. We suggest practicing with a cookie or a cracker. Remember to:
- Make a sign of reverence before receiving communion (ie: bowing your head)
- Make a “manger” with your hands near your heart if you are receiving on the hand
- Say a nice clear “Amen!” after the priest says “The Body of Christ.”
- Consume the whole host before leaving (in other words, do not walk back to your seat with the host still in your hand).
First Communion Day Reminders:
You must attend on the date that has been assigned to your child. Please see the schedule below. If any issues arise, please contact me.
We will have reserved rows for First Communion Families. Each family gets 1 row. Other members can sit behind the reserved rows.
No photos will be allowed during the mass. You are welcome to take photos in the church after mass, as well as at our “photo stations” in the atrium. We will share with you any photos taken by our parish photographer.
4) After your child’s First Communion mass, please make sure to stay for the following:
- Photo with Fr Tim at altar
- Pick up First Communion certificate
- Pick up gift bag for your child from us 🙂
Dress Code For First Communion –
There is no “must have” requirements for dress code for First Communion. We just ask that that dress should be as for a very special occasion. The colour white recalls the baptismal gown many of your children wore when they were baptized and so we suggest that both boys and girls have something white to recall this.
Boys: Suits are not required for the boys, but certainly dress pants and a shirt, with or without tie. Girls: For the girls a pure white dress is not required. Their dress can be special but certainly doesn’t need to be “all out” (i.e. not a bridal gown with full trimmings! 😉 ).
Girls: Your daughters are welcome to weir veils, gloves, hats etc if they want to, but they are not required. If girls are wearing gloves, it’s important for them to remember that they will need to take them off before getting into the communion line.
If you have any questions regarding the items above, please let me know.
Our Next Class: There are no more classes remaining for the First Communion Program. We are ready to celebrate your child’s big day with you and your family! Please check the schedule below for your child’s assigned date for receiving their First Communion.