First Communion

...[Jesus] took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

Celebrating First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

This is a special time for your child and your family. You are taking one more step on your journey with Jesus. This booklet will help you prepare to receive First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

As a parish, Our Lady of Lourdes takes its responsibility in the preparation and celebration of First Holy Communion very seriously. The parish family is here to help you prepare in accord with the dignity of Holy Communion, the requirements of the Archdiocese of Miami and in keeping with the universal law of the Church. This booklet has been prepared for the specific purpose of facilitating the process for you, our registered parishioner.

Note to Non-Parishioners: We will be happy to assist those who are not parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and who desire to receive First Holy Communion, to contact the proper person to begin the preparation process at their home parish.

When is a Child Ready to Receive First Holy Communion?

A child who,

  • desires Holy Communion;
  • is a baptized a member of the Catholic Church;
  • regularly attends Sunday Mass (Our Lady of Lourdes requires that parish records reflect that the family has attended Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at least 30 Sundays for the year prior to receiving First Communion);
  • is in second grade or higher; and
  • has and an age-appropriate understanding of Jesus’ love, His forgiveness and His presence in the Eucharist (Our Lady of Lourdes provides Christian Formation classes in order to help the candidate successfully express this understanding).

is considered to be ready to receive First Holy Communion.

Registration

You may register child anytime for classes at the Office of Christian Formation during normal office hours.

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion

First Communion Schedule and Rehearsal Information

  • First Communions are celebrated Saturdays during the Easter Season. They are usually at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm;
  • Rehearsals take place during class time;
  • It is mandatory for the student and at least one parent to attend his/her scheduled rehearsal date. Failure to do so may make it necessary to change the date the child is scheduled to celebrate his or her First Communion.

First Communion Dress Code For Girls

  • White dresses (no pants)
    • Dresses should reach right below the knee (no long dresses please)
  • White shoulder length veil or simple floral headpiece or bow
  • White dress shoes
  • White stockings (no socks)
  • No gloves, bible or rosary are allowed to be carried by the child at the time of procession or during the Mass

First Communion Dress Code For Boys

Option One

  • Dark suit or dark slacks (black or navy blue)
  • White collared long sleeve shirt
  • Dark tie (no bow tie)
  • Dark dress shoes (no sneakers)
  • Dark socks

Option Two

  • White suit or white slacks
    • Boys may wear white bow on the right sleeve of coat or shirt, as it is worn in some cultural traditions
  • White collared long sleeve shirt
  • White tie (no bow tie)
  • White or dark dress shoes (no sneakers)
  • White socks
  • No gloves, bible or rosary are allowed to be carried by the child at the time of procession or during the Mass

Other Important Information

Other important information not covered in this page such as specific schedules, photographs, videotaping, and other matters for parents, family members and guests attending a ceremony will be addressed at the mandatory parents meeting scheduled closer to the time of the child’s the sacrament of First Holy Communion.