St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is one of the three sacraments of initiation in the Church. In it we are nourished and strengthened for our daily lives. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully present in the Eucharist- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.


Although we normally receive the Eucharist during Holy Mass, if someone is homebound or in the hospital due to illness, a Priest, Deacon or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion will bring the Eucharist to that person. Please call the parish office to schedule a hospital or home visit.


The Church asks two simple things from each Catholic 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.
  • You may receive the Eucharist on the tongue or in the hand. It is appropriate to make a profound gesture of reverence prior to receiving the Eucharist, such as genuflecting or bowing. 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."


Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are seven or eight years of age because this is considered the age of reason. Older children and adults can receive communion for the first time when the Church's requirements have been met. Age appropriate sacramental preparation classes are conducted during the year. Please contact a member of our staff to inquire further.

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