First Communion



A child preparing for these sacraments must have completed a full year of religious instruction IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING the program year of preparation and reception of the sacraments. Normally this preparation will take place within the regular sacramental preparation programs.  Students entering the program after an extended absence or without prior religious instruction may be required to complete the children's catechumenate process. Eligibility for sacrament preparation and reception will be determined by the Coordinator of Religious Education and/or the pastor of the Church of the Ascension.

A child entering Ascension's Religious Education programs from another parish will submit a letter/report from the previously attended program's director/coordinator stating that the child was a participating member of a class the current or previous year.



The preparation normally takes place during second grade. Preparation will be the responsibility of the parent in cooperation with the parish.

The First Eucharist preparation program consists of these components:

  • regular attendance in religion class
  • child and parent participation in the Jesus Day Retreat which will include the parent meeting and distribution of preparation materials
  • completion of a First Communion preparation book 
  • participation in rehearsal, date to be determined    

Instruction for First Reconciliation is required before a child receives First Communion.