first communion

The Eucharist, which Catholics believe is truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, is the central focus of the Catholic faith, since it is Jesus Himself. Therefore, being able to receive the Eucharist for the first time is called “First Communion” or First Holy Communion.


First Communion is a very special moment in the life of a Catholic. For this reason, there is a period of preparation that must take place before an individual is able to receive their First Communion, and specific requirements accompany the process.


Individuals who wish to receive their First Communion must be Baptized, at an age of reason (usually around 7 years old), and appropriately prepared. This typically includes making a Confession (also referred to as First Reconciliation or First Penance).

For more information, please call the Religious Education Office @ 509-882-1721 and leave a message.