What is necessary for my child to receive First Holy Communion?
At a minimum, your child must:
- Be baptized in the Catholic Church, or another Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church. Basically, they must have been baptized with water and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Have received at least one year of religious education instruction before second grade. Enrollment in Sandusky Central Catholic School in second grade, or enrollment in our Parish School of Religion in level two is the norm. If your child is older than second grade, we may require completion of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) . RCIC is a comprehensive program of instruction that can “catch up” your child’s religious instruction when years were missed. Contact Mrs. Debbie Geason, our Catechetical Leader, if that is the case.
- Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Instruction for this sacrament will take place at the same time as instruction for First Holy Communion at SCCS, PSR, or RCIC. The reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place a few weeks before First Holy Communion.
When does the instruction of the children take place?
The instruction for First Holy Communion typically takes place during a school year schedule for both the Catholic school and public school children in second grade. Instruction takes place during the school day at Sandusky Central Catholic School. Children attending level two of our Parish School of Religion receive instruction during their weekly class time. Older children receiving their instruction in RCIC will follow a school year schedule also.
When does First Holy Communion take place?
First Holy Communion for second graders is usually scheduled in early May. Please see your schedule received in class for the exact date.
What else is necessary for my child to receive First Holy Communion?
If you remember, at your child’s Baptism, you as parents reaffirmed your belief in the Catholic Church and promised to raise your child in the Catholic faith. This is what the Church calls our “founded hope” that your child will be raised in the Catholic faith. Today, if this “founded hope” is in jeopardy because your faith as a parent has changed and you no longer believe in the Catholic Church, or you attend another Christian church, or for whatever reason you are not willing to ensure that your child will have opportunities to learn the faith and attend Sunday Mass, there may be reason to delay First Holy Communion. These are serious issues and will need the pastor’s determination to proceed. If any of this describes your belief or practice today, please contact a priest or deacon early to discuss your particular situation.