First Communion for Children
Children who have been baptized normally receive First Communion in the second grade. This can be done by attending St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School or our Parish School of Religion (PSR). First Communion classes begin in September and continue through March or April.
Children older than second grade who would like to receive First Communion attend the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC). These classes take place the same time as PSR. Children receive First Communion (and Baptism if not already baptized) on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil in conjunction with adults.
Home school families and children seeking to receive First Communion collaborate with a parish priest. Permission to receive First Communion must be obtained at the beginning of a student’s sacramental preparation. A final review of the meaning and purpose of Eucharist with a parish priest will be necessary prior to receiving First Communion. The priest will provide you with the context and content of this final review.
First Communion for Adults
Adults desiring to receive First Communion do so by attending the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). St. Francis of Assisi hosts two cycles of RCIA per year. The Winter RCIA, which is the traditional schedule, runs from September until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The Summer RCIA runs from March until October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Don’t wait for RCIA to learn more about the faith. Go to FORMED and begin watching the Symbolon or Lectio: Eucharist programs. This will begin your formation for First Communion.