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First Communion

GROWING TOGETHER

At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, we are committed to giving parents, the first educators in the faith, the tools to help them raise their children in the faith.

We equip our families preparing for the sacraments through Faith Formation for the children and a course on the Eucharist for parents, called “The Bread of Life”. Parents receive two wonderful books, accessible theology, and practical suggestions for cultivating a love for Reconciliation & Eucharist at home.

FAQ's

My child is in 1st or 2nd grade. How do I get started with their preparation for the sacraments?

NOTE: 2020-2021 Fall and Spring sessions are closed. The registration for the next available session (Fall 2021) will open in May. Please check back then to register online.

Here at SEAS, we offer two sessions a school year of “The Bread of Life” First Communion preparation. This program is for 1st and 2nd graders.

You may register for the Fall (Oct-Jan) session if your child will be age 7 by January 31, 2021.

You may register for the Spring (Feb-May) session if your child will be age 7 by May 31, 2021.

Requirements:

In order to register for our First Communion Preparation, your child must be receiving formation in one of the following three ways: 

  1. Be enrolled in our weekly Religious Education classes*
  2. Be attending Catholic School
  3. Be home schooled full time using a Catholic curriculum approved by the Diocese of Fort Worth.
    • If enrolled in RE, your child needs to attend consistently. After five absences from class, your child will be moved to the next First Communion preparation session.

What is the “Bread of Life” course (for parents of 1st and 2nd graders)?

This wonderful study of the Eucharist is aimed at increasing our own adult understanding of and love for Our Lord in the Eucharist, so that we may then bring that knowledge and fervor home to our children in order to teach them to treasure this Greatest Gift.

In addition, it provides fellowship with other parents in the parish who are also preparing their children. In addition to the Bread of Life course, we will provide you with books to use with your child at home to prepare him for each of the sacraments.

It consists of 4 classes offered once a month on a Saturday morning. The child does not attend any class outside of their regular RE or Catholic school classes; the parents prepare him/her for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist at home, using books that we provide, the knowledge gained from the Bread of Life classes, and the formation their child is receiving in their own religion classes.

  1. STEP ONE: Register your child for Religious Education if they attend public school.
    Just like our children go to school every year, our children should attend Religious Education each year to encourage and reinforce the formation they are already receiving at home. 
  2. STEP TWO: Register your child for the sacraments.
    (Be sure to register for both if your child attends public school.)

When is the “Bread of Life” course for parents of 1st and 2nd graders? (And Other Important Dates I Need to Know)

NOTE: 2020-2021 Fall and Spring sessions are closed. The registration for the next available session (Fall 2021) will open in May. Please check back then to register online.

The important remaining dates for the Fall 2020 session are:

First Communion dates:
First Communion dates for those registered for the Fall session are by sign-up:

  • First Communion Mass April 24; 10:30 AM
  • First Communion Mass May 8; 10:30 AM
  • Parents have been sent a sign-up to choose one of these dates following the child's assessment. 

The dates for the Spring 2021 session are:

  1. Mandatory Parent Meeting (orientation, Q & A, and receiving the books):
    • EITHER Thursday, February 4 OR Monday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm 
  2. Bread of Life Class Dates:
    February 20, March 27, April 24, and May 15; 10:00 AM- Noon, in the PCC building. (Feb. class was cancelled due to weather. Content will be covered in other previously scheduled classes.)
  3. Group Assessments: Saturday, May 29, and Saturday, June 5, 9AM- 11AM, by appointment
  4. First Communion dates:
    First Communion date for those registered for the Spring session is:
    • First Communion Mass June 19; 10:30 AM
    • Registration closes December 31.

Registration for the Fall 2021 session will open online in May 2021.

What does the First Communion assessment involve?

As the primary educator of your child, it will be up to you to determine when your child is ready to be brought in for an assessment of his or her readiness to receive First Communion. It is suggested that, when the Bread of Life course has concluded, and you and your child have read and studied the books you received at the parent meeting, you come on the scheduled group assessment day (see date above).

If you feel your child is not ready, you may call the office of Elementary Religious Education after that date to schedule an appointment. SEAS school 2nd grade students in the Fall session will be assessed by their own teacher in school.

The Bread of Life course provides a comprehensive preparation for this assessment, even giving you questions to bring home and discuss with your child, and helping you relate what you are learning to the books you are using with your child at home. You will be given a study guide at the last Bread of Life class.

My child is in 3rd-12th grade. How do I get started with their preparation for the sacraments?

In the Diocese of Fort Worth, children usually receive First Holy Communion in the second grade at age 7 or 8.  Older children (grades 3-12) who have not yet received First Holy Communion are enrolled in a program designed especially for them called Young Disciples: The Foundation.

Registration for 2020-2021 Young Disciples is now closed. Please call (817) 623-2409 for assistance

Click Here to Register

I am an adult, but never made my First Communion. What do I do?

Catholic adults who have not yet received First Holy Communion receive special attention in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) which takes the time to fully immerse them in the rites and mysteries of the faith to prepare them for the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Click link below to learn more about our RCIA program and to register:

https://seascc.org/rcia-becoming-catholic/

What do I do if I have to miss a Bread of Life class?

Sometimes it’s just not possible for one of the parents to attend a class. In that case, you can download the Parent Handout for the lessons covered in that class, as well as listen to an audio recording of the class. This of course is not ideal- the audio is not of the highest quality (we’re working on getting good quality videos!), and you’re not there to ask questions in person. But it is better than missing the class altogether. Here are links to the audio class recordings, and to the Parent Handouts. Note: The audio recordings are in a different order than the Parent Handouts. Please use the Parent Handouts (below) as your guide, as those are in the correct order. There are two lessons presented in each of the two hour Bread of Life classes.

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: How to Make a Good Confession
Lesson 3: Holy Sacrifice- Salvation History 
Salvation History booklet
Lesson 4: John 6 (The Bread of Life Discourse)
Lesson 5: The Sacrifice of the Mass
Lesson 6: The Presence of Christ
Lesson 7: Transubstantiation
Lesson 8: Worthy Reception (and Review) 

Is my child ready to begin preparing for Reconciliation and Eucharist?

Children are ready to prepare for Reconciliation when:

  • They have some understanding of the difference between right and wrong, morally good and bad.
  • They are learning to know the difference between sins and accidents or mistakes.
  • They are capable of apologizing.
  • They are beginning to know God as a loving Father who forgives us.

Children are ready to prepare for Eucharist when:

  • They can (for the most part) pay attention at Sunday Mass.
  • They have some appreciation that God works through miracles.
  • They show curiosity about the Eucharist.
  • They can follow directions on how to (physically) partake in the Eucharist (without playing or disturbing others during the sacrament at Mass).

Remember: every child is different. While the Church typically believes children are ready around the age of seven, we recognize that some children are ready before that and others afterwards. Please contact us if you have any questions about your child’s readiness to begin preparing.

How will I know if my child is ready to receive his or her First Communion?

The norms for a child to receive are:

  • Your child demonstrates a desire to partake in the sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • Your child demonstrates age-appropriate understanding of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • The family attends Mass (Sunday liturgy) weekly.
  • Your child has made a good confession.
  • Your child knows how to receive communion.
  • Your child is at least 7 years old. 

WE'RE HERE TO HELP

We recognize that not everyone's faith journey looks the same. So, whatever the situation, we are here to assist each family on their unique journey. If you have questions or concerns about the process, just let us know.

Jean Stirton

Elementary Religious Education Coordinator

office: (817) 623-2409; Ext. 506