What is Holy Communion?

First Holy Communion is one of the most important events in early life for a Catholic, along with Baptism, Reconciliation and Confirmation. The First Holy Communion is a sign of Christian unity and a symbol of a Catholic?s faith and devotion. First Holy Communion is typically celebrated when a child is about seven year's old.

St. Louise's First Communion Mass will take place on Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 PM in the Church.

Important Dates:

1/31/2018 Baptism Verification Form due for all Reconciliation/First Communicants
2/1/2018 First Communion Sacrament Fee processed through FACTS
3/14/18 First Communion Retreat and Banner Kit pick-up 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM in the Colonnade Room (Wednesday students excused from class). We ask that one parent and the Communicant is present for this meeting.
4/30/18 First Communion Banners due to School Office
5/4/2018 First Communion Rehearsal (Mandatory) 6:00 PM ? 7:30 PM in Church
5/5/2018 First Communion Mass is at 2:00 PM in Church
5/6/2018 First Communicants (and siblings) excused from class (today only)

Dress Attire for First Holy Communion

Boys - should wear a suit or dress pants and a sports coat. Suit may be black, brown, navy or white. Tie and dress shoes required. No gym shoes or sandals allowed.

Girls - should wear an all-white dress with white dress shoes. First Communion veils or headpieces are encouraged. Gloves and purses may be worn, but must be removed at the time for reception of Communion. No sandals or flip flops.

Volunteers during Mass

We are still looking for a few volunteers: Altar Servers & Eucharistic Ministers Needed
Should you wish to participate in the Mass, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than April 21, 2018.

First Communion Day Schedule

1:15 pm - Children must be checked into the Colonnade room no later than 1:15 pm

1:30 pm - Children will be walked over to the Church for the Group Photo

1:45 pm - Doors of the Church will be opened for family members to be seated

2:00 pm - Mass will begin

Respect and Etiquette for Communion

  • During the consecration, children should be kneeling and attentive
  • While in line to approach the altar, hands should be folded respectively
  • Prior to receiving communion they should bow and say "Amen", meaning "I believe"
  • When returning to their seat, hands should remain folded with respectful consumption of the Host
  • Upon returning to the pew, they should remain kneeling until the Host is placed in the tabernacle and Father is seated

Photographs & Videos

Since this is a sacred occasion, no pictures or videos may be taken in the church until after Mass. Van Gogh will be taking professional pictures in the Colonnade Room before and after the service. There will be a fee sheet and order information sent home at the retreat. The completed order form and payment should be brought with you to the photo session on First Communion day. During the Mass, Killoran Photography will take a beautiful picture of every child receiving Holy Communion. These photos will be available for purchase immediately following the service.

If you have any questions regarding your picture orders, please contact the appropriate company. Telephone numbers will be provided closer to the date.