Second Grade – First Holy Communion

Ages: 7 and 8
Covers: Jesus Christ is with us always, Jesus calls us to Penance and Reconciliation, Jesus gives himself in the Eucharist, We live our Catholic faith.

This class also includes the Holy Communion.

Baptismal form

We need to have a Baptismal form on file for each child making his/her First Holy Communion. This form replaces the need to turn in a Baptismal certificate. The Baptismal form can be downloaded from the church website under First Holy Communion. The form will also be handed out during the parent’s meeting on November 15th.

Classes via Zoom

Due to the circumstances following the Covid 19 pandemic, all First Holy Communion classes will be held via Zoom. 30 minutes’ classes start at 11:45 AM and end at 12:15 PM. The shorter time span from our normal 45 minutes, is due to the nature of on-line learning and the shorter attention span of younger students. Our classes will focus on one point of a chapter from the textbook and also on prayer. We will break the class into smaller break-out sessions for a more intimate learning experience.

Required prayers

Each class will start with a prayer. The expectation is that these prayers, The Sign of the Cross, The Lord’s Prayer, The Hail Mary, The Gloria and the Act of Contrition are memorized by your child before they receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. These prayers are in your child’s workbook. A portion of the class will be devoted to listening to your child reciting the prayer back to his/her teacher. If successful, your child will receive a certificate in the mail for their achievement.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

In preparation for First Holy Communion, your child should reconcile himself/herself with God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

There will be a special service for the communicant candidates on Monday, March 15th, 2021 starting at 6 PM. This Sacrament will be done in a child friendly way. During this service, the children will have time for introspection, then a chance for Fr. Sjaak to hear your child’s private confession. Your child will receive forgiveness thus mending his/her relationship with God. As a result of receiving forgiveness, your child will be called on to forgive others. After the service, your child will receive a personalized certificate of the occasion.

Formal name

For our church records we need the exact spelling of your child’s name including any middle names or titles your child may have. This is how your child’s name will appear in our church records and on all certificates. You can download this form online. The form will also be handed out during the parent’s meeting on November 15th.

Commitment card

Each family is expected to complete a commitment card for your child. The commitment card represents your family’s commitment to your child’s faith journey of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The card should be filled with messages and prayers that your family and friends have for your child. These commitment cards will be handed out on November 15th along with further directions. Your child will process into church with their commitment card in the form of a candle for the FHC Mass.