...[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).