At St. Thomas More Parish, we center on the Eucharist and the embodiment of Catholic family values. Our children typically celebrate their first Eucharist in second grade.
Resources for those registered for the Sacramental Prepration Program for First Communion may be found below. Children have a prerequiste year of Faith Formation prior to enrolling in our program.
First Communion Preparation Program
Preparation will begin in October, 2018, for those who wish to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and then Eucharist during this school year. First Communion dates are May 4, 2019, at the 5:00pm Mass & May 5, 2019, at the 10:00am Mass.
Parent Folder Materials
- Sacrament Preparation Calendar 2019-2020
- First Communion Checklist 2020
- First Communion Interview Sheet 2020
- God's Gift Eucharist Lessons
- Prayers to Know Grade 2
- Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers (article by the USCCB)
- Illustrated Guide to the Mass (article by CatholicLink)
- Sacraments 101: Eucharist (How We Receive) (video by BustedHalo)
- E-U-C-H-A-R-I-S-T Song (video for kids)
- The Spirit & The Eucharist (video for parents to grow deeper in understanding)
- Prayers Which May Be Said After Communion
- Blessed Imelda: Patroness of First Holy Communicants (children's story)
- Unleavened Bread Recipe (great activity to do with your child)
- Collection of Family Prayers (online preview of many prayer forms)
Commonly Asked Questions About First Communion Prep
1. How can I tell if my child is ready for First Communion?
Here are some indicators that your child is ready to celebrate the sacrament:
- Does your child have sufficient knowledge to understand the mystery of Christ according to his or her capacity and can he or she receive the Body of the Lord with faith and devotion?
- Does your child and some other family members regularly attend Sunday Mass?
- Is prayer a part of your child’s daily life?
- Does he or she show a reverence for God?
- Does your child have a relationship with Jesus?
- Does he or she know the difference between ordinary bread and wine and the Body and Blood of Jesus?
2. What should my child wear for First Communion Day?
- It has been a tradition for girls to wear white on First Communion day. Actually, any light colored dress or even pantsuit is appropriate as well. Color should not be an issue.
- Traditionally, it has been white shirt, dark tie and slacks. At STM, some boys wear suits while others wear a vest with a shirt and tie and still others simply wear a colored shirt with a matching tie. The color of slacks depends on the desire of the child and his parents (kahki, black, blue).
Policy Between All Appleton Parishes
The sacraments of First Eucharist, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation are celebrated in the parish where membership is maintained. Preparation for these sacraments happens both in the Day School/Religious Education and in the Parish.
These are two levels of preparation that take place: Classroom and Parish.
Expectations of Classroom Preparation for each sacrament will take place in the day school or the religious education program and is to be completed before and/or during the time of parish preparation. Classroom Preparation consists of units pertaining to the background and understanding of the sacrament.
Expectations of Parish Preparation and the celebration of the sacrament will take place in the parish where the family is registered. Parish Preparation is defined as those activities for parents, guardians, sponsors, and students which are conducted by the parish of membership in preparation for the celebration of the sacrament. This may include parent meetings, parent-child gatherings, retreats, service, special prayer gatherings, home based family lessons, etc.
The parish of membership will communicate with parents regarding Sacramental preparation. (June 13, 1994)