First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. We receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during the First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar.

First Holy 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. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason.

Contacts

Invitation

September 2017

Dear Parents,

St. Joseph’s Parish invites you and your child to prepare this year for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

The preparation for these sacraments takes place at the church and in the home with the support of our Catholic schools.

You are asked to complete the attached registration package and include a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate. If your child were baptized at St. Joseph’s Parish no copy is required.

The requested donation to cover the costs of this program is $25.00. If you are paying by cheque, please issue it to St. Joseph’s Church, Highland Creek.

This completed package, along with payment will be expected to be returned/completed at our first meeting.

Enrollment will be completed and key dates for the First Communion Program will be provided at the first meeting.

  • First meeting is scheduled for
    • Sunday October 1st @ 1:00 p.m. in the Church
  • Repeated First meeting
    • Monday October 2nd @ 7:00 p.m. in the Church

During this meeting there will be time for you to ask any questions. In addition you’re welcome to email me at the following address pastoral.associate@stjosephstoronto.org.

We look forward to this journey with you and your child/ren.

God Bless,

Donna Tomie
Pastoral Associate
416-282-0370, extension 203

Other Important Dates for Reconciliation and First Communion

2nd Parent Meeting
Primary Sunday October 29th @ 1:00 p.m.in the Church
Repeat Monday October 30th @ 7:00 p.m. in the Church
First Reconciliation
Saturday November 25th @ 10:00 a.m. in the Church
(There will be a number of priests in the church for individual reconciliation. They will remain there until approximately 11:30 a.m. You are encouraged to come and receive with your child).
3rd Parent Meeting
Primary Sunday February 4th 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. in the Church
Repeat Monday February 5th 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Church
4th Parent Meeting
Primary Sunday March 4th 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. in the Church
Repeat Monday March 5th 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Church
(You are encouraged to bring your children to this session as we will do a walk-through of the Eucharistic Celebration.)
First Communion Masses
Sunday, April 8th 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. St. Brendan and St. Jean De Brebeuf
Sunday, April 15th 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. Cardinal Leger, St. Dominic Savio & Sunday School