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First Holy Communion

Celebrating First Eucharist

The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the Church and is the source and summit of the Christian life. It is called Eucharist because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. Receiving Holy Communion worthily brings us graces that affect us both spiritually and physically. Holy Communion also gives us a spiritual joy in the service of Christ, in defending His cause, in performing the duties of our state of life, and in making the sacrifices required of us in imitating the life of our Savior. On Christ's own promise, Holy Communion is a pledge of heavenly glory and of our bodily resurrection from the dead (John 6:55). 

As children reach the age of reason, generally around age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist. The initiation into the Christian community that took place at Baptism is further extended by inviting children to enter fully into the heart of Christian faith through participation in the Eucharist. Children in the Diocese of Charlotte are able to celebrate First Holy Communion during second grade per the following guidelines:

  • Families of children and youth preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion must be registered and active at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and the child must be baptized in the Catholic Church. Families must be able to present the child's Baptismal certificate prior to the child receiving the Sacrament. It is possible for children who are not parishioners of the Cathedral to receive their First Holy Communion at Saint Pattick's if the parents are able to provide verification that they are registered members of a Catholic parish within the Diocese and if the pastor of that parish provides his written permission.
     
  • Children who will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion must have attended an approved religious education program in either a parish, Catholic school or approved home school program with regular attendance for two years prior to the Sacrament (at least one year prior and instruction during the year of the Sacrament). The Diocese of Charlotte requires that students who attend religious education at the parish miss no more than 3 Sacrament Preparation classes. Should the number of absences be exceeded, the pastor will have to consider having the child repeat the grade the following year.
     
  • For children who are older than the traditional preparation year for a Sacrament and have not celebrated that Sacrament, special arrangements must be made through the Faith Formation office.

Faith Formation Office

Adrian Quintero, Dir. of Formation & Parish Engagement
1621 Dilworth Road East
Charlotte, NC  28203
Phone: (704) 334-2283 ext 413
Fax: (704) 377-6403
 

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Communion FAQ


What are the guidelines for my child to receive First Holy Communion?

Families of children and youth preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion must be registered and active at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, and the child must be baptized in the Catholic Church. Children who would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion must have attended an approved religious education program in either a parish, Catholic school or approved home school program, with regular attendance for two years prior to the Sacrament.
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What if my child is older then 7 and needs First Holy Communion?

For children who are older than the traditional preparation year for a sacrament and have not celebrated that sacrament, special arrangements must be made through the Faith Formation Office.
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When does First Holy Communion take place?

First Holy Communion for second graders is usually scheduled in early May for those children who meet the requirements.

What is necessary to receive Holy Communion worthily?

To receive Holy Communion worthily it is necessary to be free from mortal sin, to have a right intention and to obey the Church's laws on the fast required before Holy Communion out of reverence for the Body and Blood of our Divine Lord.
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