The Holy Eucharist is the SOURCE and SUMMIT of our Catholic faith. It is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. We use the words “really, truly, and substantially” because there His presence is real. Make no mistake, as Catholics, this is what we believe.
Typically, students make their first communion in the 2nd grade. They are only eligible to do this if they have been enrolled in Religious Education the year prior. [If you have an older student, please call the office, we can help you get caught up!] Students are prepared during classes and must also attend additional courses/meetings outside of their regular class time. This is called “Immediate Catechesis.”
First Holy Communion Dates and Rehearsal Dates
On the day of First Communion students are to arrive 30 minutes prior to Mass. All rehearsals take place in the church.
The 3 First Communion Masses will be as follows:
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. (St. John School + Thursday Students)
[Rehearsal: 4/24/18 @ 6:00 p.m.]
Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. (Sunday + Home Study & Homeschooled students)
[Rehearsal: 5/3/18 @ 6:00 p.m.]
Sunday, May 6, 2018 & 12:00 p.m. (Any Spanish-Speaking family sign up with Lina Ocasio: firstname.lastname@example.org)
[Rehearsal 4/29/18 after 12:00 p.m. Mass]
Where: St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster MD, 21157
God, our Father, we thank You for entrusting us with the precious gift of parenthood. Bless us and strengthen us in our efforts to become good parents. We ask Your Son, Jesus, to show us how to love. He gave His life for us. As we prepare our children to receive His loving mercy in Reconciliation and His Body and Blood in Eucharist, we ask for Your continued guidance and pray we continue to grow closer to You. We thank you for the many blessings in our lives, especially our children whom you have entrusted to our care.