Some Basics of Catholic Life


First Holy Communion



It is the primary duty of parents and guardians and of the priest to ensure that children who have reached the age of reason (about seven years of age) are properly prepared for the reception of the Sacrament as soon as possible.

Parishes arrange a period of preparation, both for children and parents. During the course of preparation numerous liturgies, in addition to the classes, take place so as to enable the child to grow in the love of Jesus Christ whose Body he or she will receive for the first time. It is the duty of the priest to see that children who have not reached the age of reason or who are insufficiently disposed do not come to Holy Communion. It is also the duty of the priest to ensure that special care is given to those children with learning difficulties.