First Holy Communion Preparation

Bouveret, Last Supper

Welcome, families!  We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to journey with you & your child toward the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation & the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist!

On this page, you’ll find the basic information about what’s required for the process and what’s coming up soon.

Preparation for these sacraments generally begins in FIRST GRADE, and the reception of the two sacraments generally happens toward the end of SECOND GRADE.

Don’t worry, if your child has missed that usual schedule, we are equipped to help them get back on track with their faith formation!  We always want children to join us and continue their journey with and toward Jesus!

Requirements for Year 1

Parents of children in Year 1 of preparation MUST ATTEND A PARENT MEETING.  Parents have two options for this meeting.  In 2018, those two options are:

  • Sunday, November 11, 2018
    OR
  • Sunday, December 2, 20118

**Both of these parent meetings will be offered in English & Spanish.
**The meeting in English takes place in the St. Mary’s School Library.
**The meeting in Spanish takes place in the St. Mary’s School Cafeteria.

In addition to attending this meeting, parents must turn in a copy of their child’s baptismal certificate that we will keep on file in the parish or school office.

Requirements for Year 2

Parents of children in Year 2 of preparation MUST ATTEND A PARENT MEETING.  Parents have ONE REMAINING OPTION for this meeting in 2018:

  • Sunday, November 4, 2018

**This parent meeting will be offered in English & Spanish.
**The meeting in English takes place in the St. Mary’s School Library.
**The meeting in Spanish takes place in the St. Mary’s School Cafeteria.

In addition to attending this meeting, every family with a child in Year 2 of preparation must attend the annual Family Retreat.  This retreat helps children & families learn more about the Sacraments and get excited for the upcoming celebration of Holy Eucharist.
**This retreat is also the time when the child will receive First Reconciliation.
**This retreat is being held on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  It is MANDATORY in order for a child to receive First Holy Communion.
(The cost of the retreat is $10/family, which covers the cost of lunch for the whole family.  Childcare is available for younger children on the day of the retreat.)

DURING BOTH YEARS OF THE PROCESS, children must get their Mass cards stamped or stickered after they attend Mass each week.  Mass cards are given out by the Children’s Faith Formation catechists or St. Mary’s School teachers.  Click here to read Fr. David’s letter about the Mass attendance cards.

We also have established a Google Drive for First Holy Communion Preparation (Years 1 & 2), which has all of the necessary information & documents in one location.

If you have any questions about preparation for First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion, you may call or email Derek Rotty, Director of Evangelization & Discipleship: 731.668.2596 or derek.rotty@stmarys.tn.org.