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Sacramental Preparation

First Communion

Preparation for First Communion takes place at Holy Spirit during the Second Grade and is coordinated by the Traditionally, First Communion is held on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend at either 12:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. The Mass time will be determined by the Religious Education Department based on the number of First Communicants.

Communion is the third sacrament of initiation into the Church. In it we are nourished and strengthened for our daily lives. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. The bread and wine are not symbols, but signs of his Real Presence.

The Church asks two simple things from each of us in order to receive the Eucharist. First, we must be in a state of grace - free from all serious sin. Second, we must fast from all food and drink (other than water or medications) for one hour prior to receiving.

All of us may receive the Eucharist in the hand or on the tongue. It is appropriate to make a gesture of reverence prior to receiving the Eucharist, such as bowing the head. The priest, deacon, or Extraordinary Minister will say, "The Body of Christ," and the correct response is "Amen." When offered, "The Blood of Christ," the response is again "Amen."

To register for sacramental preparation, please contact at 404-252-4513 x250.

First Penance

Children make their first confessions prior to reception of First Communion. Preparation takes place in Sunday School classes.

It is important that we go to confession because it is the way that serious sins are forgiven. It is, like all the other sacraments, something that Jesus has asked us to do, and has given us to help us live holy lives. There is no reason at all to be afraid of this sacrament - and here you can find a "how to go to confession" guide.