First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation alongside Baptism and Confirmation. It is through the sacraments of initiation that one becomes full members of the Catholic Church. First Holy Communion is when one receives Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. There is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass for a catholic.
First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are in second grade, at 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason.
Older people can receive communion for the first time when they have met all of the Catholic Church’s requirements. If you are an adult, 18 years or older, who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic and have never received First Holy Communion, please refer to The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for further information.
If your child is approaching second grade, or a little older; we want to assist you in raising your child in the faith. We encourage you to call our Reglious Education Office at 732-495-7779 for more information.