First Communion Preparation
The Church recognizes that children ages 7 to 8 are now aware enough to recognize and participate in the height of our earthly connection to God through the Holy Eucharist. In the Mass, we take part in Christ’s eternal offering to the Father, and we offer ourselves at the same time. We receive the Real Presence of Jesus in our bodies, and we share in a common unity with the whole Church through him.
When it comes to First Communion preparation, our program involves parents as much as possible. You walk with your child through the biblical story of salvation, the liturgy, and the reality of the Blessed Sacrament, serving as a teacher while you delve deeper into the mystery yourself. Don’t worry – we’re always there with you helping! Preparation also includes video and interactive components facilitated by a trained catechist.
Traditionally, children at St. Leonard Parish celebrate their First Communion in May of each year, although this schedule is flexible depending on your child’s progress and situation.
For children significantly older than 7 or 8, or children who have not yet been baptized, preparation takes place in the context of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC), which is mapped out depending on your child’s specific needs.