Worship

First Holy Communion

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

CCC 1322

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is foundational for our Catholic Faith. Through this sacrament, we not only receive the gift of sacramental grace, but we also have the unprecedented blessing of physically receiving Christ.

If you have questions about why Catholics believe bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ, how this happens, what this means for our faith, etc. simply click HERE for a more in depth explanation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

To learn more about Eucharist Miracles associated with this Sacrament, click HERE.

Requirements:

In order for a child to receive First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Mercy Church, first and foremost, the child must be a baptized parishioner. Before a child can receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, the child must have first received the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Please see below for details). As a parishioner, the child must be preparing for this Sacrament through our Parish School of Religion, or through Our Lady of Mercy School.

In addition to the child’s sacramental catechism classes, we have a Mandatory Parent’s Meeting (for parents only) to insure that each child is also receiving the proper preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at home, as well as a Mandatory Retreat for the children before they receive their First Holy Communion.

Please mark your calendars with our 2017-2018 lists of Sacramental Dates below.

2017-18 Sacramental Dates:
    • Thursday, November 9, 2017 – MANDATORY PARENT’S MEETING (Parish Activity Center)
    • Thursday, February 1, 2018 – FIRST RECONCILIATION (Our Lady of Mercy Church)
    • Thursday, February 22, 2018 –FIRST COMMUNION PARENT’S MEETING (Parish Activity Center)
    • Saturday, April 14, 2018 – FIRST COMMUNION RETREAT (Parish Activity Center)
    • Sunday, April 15, 2018 – FIRST COMMUNION (Our Lady of Mercy Church)

For more information about the requirements specific to First Reconciliation, click HERE.

Contact Information
Jessica Milburn
Director of Religious Education
Our Lady of Mercy is a family of faith united in prayer, love and Catholic Tradition.

We are dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through evangelization, education and Christian example. We strive to be as faithful as the Blessed Virgin Mary and live our faith by serving God, our fellow brothers and sisters and our community.

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