First Reconciliation and First Communion Registration

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the registration for your child in The First Holy Communion Program at St. Leonard Church. Our parish family is delighted to assist you and your child towards their next step of initiation into the Christian life. This journey began several years ago when you presented your child for Baptism and accepted the responsibility to teach them about God’s love and to participate in the life of our Church. This journey will take a new and exciting step this year when your child will receive two sacraments: First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

We strongly encourage you to familiarize your child with the order of the Mass by attending Sunday Mass. There is simply no substitute for regular active participation in the Mass. The celebration of the

Eucharist is the source and summit of all that we do. The Mass calls us to be disciples of Jesus Christ, nourishes us for that task and then sends us forth to practice our faith in the coming week. Whenever a Mass is celebrated at St. Leonard Parish, it is also broadcast live at https://www.youtube.com/c/SaintLeonardParish/live

The church tells us that parents are the most important influence on a child’s spiritual development. This development is the parents’ right, dignity, and responsibility. Quite simply, there is no one better suited for this task than you!

Your child must be in Grade 2 or older to register for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Please complete the Registration Form below and attach your child’s Baptismal Certificate. If your child has not been baptized, you may go ahead and register your child for First Communion. The parish office will contact you to arrange your child’s Baptism.

Our Sacramental Preparation Ministry is sustained by volunteers who pass on the faith to our children. I thank them for performing this most important task of helping to guide our young people towards Jesus and the teachings of the Catholic Faith. We are constantly in need of more parents who are willing to assist. If you feel a calling toward this important ministry, please let us know. We will gladly accept your help.

We look forward to supporting your children in their journey to the table of the Lord.
 
Rev. Gerard Plant, Pastor and the Sacramental Preparation Team
 
 

Requirements for First Communion 2021

 

Registration Form for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

 
 

Receiving Communion

For Catholics

As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
 

For our fellow Christians

We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).

For those not receiving Holy Communion

All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
 

For non-Christians

We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.