First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion | St. Francis of Assisi Church

Meaningful experiences that help children and their parents understand, prepare for, and celebrate the Sacraments.

Preparing for Sacraments is a journey of faith for the student as well as the family. The Diocese of Sacramento requires 2 years of preparation to receive Sacraments.


Families who wish to prepare their children to receive the Eucharist and celebrate first holy communion must successfully complete a foundation year of faith formation and regular participation in the Mass. Families unable to participate regularly in faith formation, and struggle to attend Mass regularly, will be invited to repeat their foundation year before moving on to prepare for first holy communion. 

As part of their preparation for their First Reconciliation children are taught the basic prayers of the Church, The Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and the Act of Contrition.

In order to make a proper confession, children are taught the Ten Commandments to give them a basic understanding of God's Law. Before receiving the Sacrament, children are taught how to make a good examination of conscience.

As part of preparation to receive their First Communion, children begin by establishing regular habits of attending Mass every Sunday and Faith Formation classes. Children are taught about the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and as well as parts of the Mass, and how to properly receive the Sacrament.


Families preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm for additional preparation and fellowship with their class.

Register for First Holy Communion Preparation by completing the Family Faith Formation Registration Form by clicking this link. Families must also attend a brief interview/meeting prior to attending the first class in September. Sign up for your family meeting by clicking here.

Important Dates (subject to change):

Year 2 First Holy Communion Orientation:  September 13, 2023 6:00-7:30PM

First Communion Retreat:  April 20, 2024 9AM-12:15PM

First Holy Communion:  April 27, 2024 at 10AM


Additional Parent Resources

First Holy Communion Family Meeting Sign Up

Diocese of Sacramento: Sacramental Preparation - First Reconciliation and First Communion

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