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First Holy Communion
The Holy Eucharist is the greatest treasure we have as Catholics! 
One cannot underestimate the
importance of the Eucharist. The Second Vatican Council even declared "the Eucharistic sacrifice...is the fount and apex of the whole Christian life" (DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH, No. 11). The Eucharist is so important precisely because it truly is Christ Himself under the veil of bread and wine.

The preparation to receive Christ in the Eucharist is a sacred time in a child's life. It is essential for parents to communicate the beauty of the faith to their children and prepare them for this sacred encounter with the risen Christ. How parents live their faith and what they teach their children will directly affect how open their children are to receive Christ into their hearts.
 

Requirements to receive First Holy Communion
To receive First Holy Communion, students must ...
Also, the parents of these students are required to attend a parent meeting for each sacrament.  The times and dates of these meetings are listed below.

Calendar of Events
  • Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 PM in the Basilica Social Hall.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 7:00 PM in the Basilica
    • PLEASE NOTE: The parish will provide a dinner for the second graders, their siblings, their parents and grandparents @ 6:00 PM in the Basilica Social Hall.
  • Parent Meeting for First Holy Communion: Wednesday, March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 PM in the Basilica Social Hall
  • Practice for First Holy Communion: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 7:00 PM in the Basilica
  • Celebration of First Holy Communion: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:00 PM in the Basilica
The Importance of Sunday Mass
In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of attending Sunday Mass each week. SUNDAY MASS IS THE CENTERPIECE OF CATHOLIC LIFE. The Church teaches that we have a very serious obligation to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation. This obligation is so serious, that it is a grave (i.e., mortal) sin to miss Mass on these days without a serious reason. Please keep in mind that children who are not attending Sunday Mass are not adequately prepared to receive the sacraments. Therefore, children who do not attend Sunday Mass will NOT receive First Holy Communion.

Questions can be addressed to Joe Schmidt (basilicaDRE@gmail.com or 373-3643).


*Parents of a student older than second grade who have not yet received First Communion should contact Joe Schmidt and work out a plan to prepare the student to receive the Sacrament.