First 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, which is the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine. Catholics believe these to be the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most Catholic children receive their First Communion when they’re 7 or 8 years old, because this is considered the age of reason. Other people can receive communion for the first time whenever they’ve met all of the Catholic Church’s requirements.
For anyone to receive communion, that person must be considered to be without sin and in a state of grace. Traditionally, young Catholic children will make their first confession, also called the Sacrament of Penance, a week before receiving their First Communion. At confession, the child will tell his or her sins and misdeeds to a priest and receive a penance in exchange. The penance usually is several prayers to be recited immediately after leaving the confessional. After this, the child is considered to be absolved of sin, and he or she is ready for his or her First Communion.
Please contact Fr. Mathew Kochupurackal or your Catechism Coordinators to get the next date of First Holy Communion.
This year’s First Holy Communion will be on Sunday, 22nd October 2017. Those who wish to receive the sacrament of The First Holy Communion this year, please register their name with Catechism teachers.