Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6: 35)
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is for children in grade 2 and up
New Sacrament Preparation Program All children receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion MUST FIRST receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Therefore, preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is now combined in the same school year, beginning in September.
Who should register? Children in grade 2 and up who had been baptized or made the Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church can register for the Sacrament Preparation Program.
As the preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is now combined, children who have not received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH SACRAMENTS.
Children who have not received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, but had made their First Reconciliation, can register for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion only. Please indicate on the registration form that your child will only need to take the second half of the combined program. The second half of the preparation is for Sacrament of First Holy Communion only.
How do I register my child?
Complete the online registration form
Upload a copy of your child’s Catholic baptismal or Profession of Faith certificate
New Retreat and Celebration/Service Dates (2018/2019)
Registration is CLOSED! Please come back in September, 2019.
What is involved? Preparation Sessions The Sacrament Preparation Program consists of:
One (1) Parent Information session – Parent(s) ONLY The Parent Information Session will further explain the Sacrament Preparation Program and how you can continue to support your child’s faith development. The Parent Information Session is mandatory for all parents, even if your child will only need the second half of the combined program.
Four (4) First Reconciliation sessions – Candidate and Parent(s) These sessions run for 90 minutes. There will be sessions for children along with sessions for parents at the same time.
One (1) First Reconciliation retreat – Candidate and Parent(s) The retreat runs for 2 hours. Children will review what they have learned and rehearse the celebration of the Sacrament.
Celebration of First Reconciliation – Candidate and Parent(s) The reconciliation celebration is open for children and parents. This includes children who had made their First Reconciliation and are preparing for their Sacrament of First Holy Communion only. To allow children celebrating the Sacrament with their schoolmates, the reconciliation celebration will be scheduled according to their schools. This will be determined at a later date.
Four (4) First Holy Communion sessions – Candidate and Parent(s)
One (1) First Holy Communion retreat – Candidate and Parent(s)
Celebration of First Holy Communion – Candidate and Parent(s) To allow children celebrating the Sacrament with their schoolmates, the First Holy Communion celebration will be scheduled according to their schools. This will be determined at a later date.
Session attendance is mandatory! If you and your child must attend a session other than the one you originally selected, please contact our Sacramental Coordinator. If you are unable to attend either date of a session, there are alternate session dates available at our neighbouring parishes in Calgary.
You are highly encouraged to contact our Sacramental Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-275-2240 so as to not miss any preparation session.
All preparation sessions will be held at Ascension Catholic Parish (1100 Berkshire Blvd NW, Calgary, AB T3K 3M3).
Workbook and Fee The fee for the combined program is $50; each Sacrament Preparation Program costs $25. This is to help offset the cost of the materials. Your child will receive two books in their first session:
“Celebrate and Remember Reconciliation”
“Celebrate and Remember Eucharist”.
Mass The best preparation for receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is regular attendance at Mass. Attending Mass regularly is not only done prior to receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, but also continually afterwards. Talk to your child about the Mass before you go and at appropriate moments when you are in church together. Link what you have been doing together at home with what is happening at Mass. A hallmark of the Catholic lifestyle is gathering for Sunday Eucharist and striving to live a Christian lifestyle. “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324).