First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion Preparation Program

The Cathedral Parish is pleased to welcome all of her second graders to their first and frequent reception of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Our First Holy Communion Preparation Program consists of regular catechetical classes and several special events that lead up to the First Holy Communion Mass on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

For Children Enrolled at the Cathedral School of St. Jude

Second graders at the Cathedral School of St. Jude the Apostle will be prepared for their First Reconcilation and First Holy Communion as part of their daily religion classes.  

Parents are asked to print the packet below and return the program registration, medical release, promotional media release, safe environment policy acknowledgement forms in order to register for the First Holy Communion program.

FHC Packet for Cathedral School Students

For Children Not Currently Enrolled at the Cathedral School of St. Jude

All sencond graders who are not students of the Cathedral School are to enroll in our FIRE faith formation program (which they must register separately for).  They are to attend FIRE classes on Sunday mornings, where they will be prepared for First Reconcilation and First Holy Communion.

Once enrolled in FIRE, parents are asked to return just the program registration form for First Holy Communion and a copy of the child's baptismal certificate (if baptized anywhere other than St. Jude), as the other forms will have already been completed.


How can I as a parent best support my child's preparation for First Holy Communion?

While our teachers do a wonderful job of explaining the sacraments and showing our young people how to receive them, it is truly your example that will have the greatest impact on the spiritual life of your child.  If you are not already doing so, we invite you to make these things a priority:

  • Attending Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Making your own faith a priority by seeking the opportunities for adult faith formation in the parish.
  • Supporting a parish ministry with the gift of your time and talents.
  • Having regular family prayer time and discussing the Eucharist with your child.
  • Returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially if it’s been awhile.

While we have an excellent team of catechists who, along with our priests, will be journeying with our second graders, the best and truest example of faith comes from their parents.


"What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation"  - St. Francis of Assisi


Major Events for 2018-19

These events are mandatory for all children, both in FIRE and the Cathedral School.

First Reconciliation

Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 PM in the Cathedral

First Holy Communion Retreat Day

Saturday, March 2 beginning with 8:15 AM Mass in Our Lady's Chapel until 12:00 noon. 

First Holy Communion Rehearsal

Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 PM in the Cathedral

First Holy Communion Mass

Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 AM in the Cathedral

May Crowning

Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 AM Mass 

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