First Holy Communion
First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation classes are held Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. September through April. It is expected students will attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass together with their family during this time. Children must be pre-registered with the Religious Education Office with a copy of their Baptismal certificate. Registration begins in August. Students attending St. Helen Catholic School receive religious instruction during the school day. For further information contact the Religious Education Office at 772-562-5954.
Important Things to Know to Receive Communion
1. Knowing the Life of Jesus
- Jesus is the Son of God. Mary is Jesus’ mother.
- Jesus taught people how to follows God’s rules of love.
- Jesus gave us the Eucharist at His Last Supper with His friends.
- He died on the cross to save us from sin and death.
- He rose from the dead.
- Jesus is with God His Father. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to always help God’s Family.
2. Knowing the Difference Between Communion and Ordinary Bread and Wine
- When Mass begins, the bread and wine are not Jesus.
- At Mass, the bread and wine become Jesus at the consecration when the priest says the words of Jesus: “This is My body” and “This is My blood.”
- The bread and wine do not seem different in any way after they become Jesus. They seem to be bread and wine – they look and taste and feel the same, but they are really Jesus.
- When you receive the Host in Communion, you are really receiving Jesus. Jesus is fully present in the Host. Jesus is also fully present when you receive Communion from the cup.
3. Showing the Desire to Receive Communion
- Jesus gave us the Eucharist because He loves us.
- People want to receive Jesus. They love Jesus. They want Jesus to help them show love. They want to share in the Meal of God’s Family.