First Communion - The Day Of!
Return to this page to prepare for the day of your child's First Communion!
A week before
What to expect & what to wear
By this point, our sacramental prep team will have been in touch with you and you will have a date scheduled for your child's First Communion!
Get excited and feel free to invite friends/family to be present for this special Mass. Please monitor our parish website for up-to-date pandemic protocols (i.e. advance sign-ups for Mass etc.). Please monitor for COVID-19 symptoms in the days leading up to your child's First Communion.
You and your guests should arrive at the church 20 minutes before Mass. Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a face covering.
Your child should wear what you consider to be dress clothes or your "Sunday best". Most boys wear dress pants with a shirt and tie or a suit. Girls usually wear a dress, but does not need to be white. It is entirely up to you what you choose. It is not necessary to go to any great expense.
Watch & Practice!
Check out the video on the left (courtesy of Good Shepherd Parish) that walks you through what to expect at your First Communion!
Turn nervousness into excitement
Depending on your child, they might be excited, nervous, timid, or scared for their First Communion. That's OK and that's normal.
Here are some tips to make the day less nervous and more exciting:
Schedule a special event after their First Communion (ice cream, a special toy, etc).
Involved the extended family virtually... ask them call or FaceTime when you get home.
Reinforce the kindness of our priests. Even if you haven't met them yet, we can confirm they super chill and will make the process easier. You can get to know them by watching some past livestream Masses of them.
Practice the process at home, following along the steps in the video above.
Confidence rubs off. If you can be confident and calm, they will pick up on it. After all, it's not a big deal right? Their First Communion shouldn't be their last... so what a great start to prepare together.
If you have questions about the logistics, please email Betty below or call the office, or ask on Facebook or Instagram.
Questions? Don't hesitate to reach out.
Contact Kevin and our sacramental preparation team at:
youth [at] stpaulkingston.com