First Communion 2023

First Holy Communion

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51

Becoming one with the Body and Blood of Christ

First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Body and Blood of Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

First Holy Communion preparation takes place during the second grade year with reception of the sacrament after Easter.

All baptized Catholic children whose families are registered members at St. Martha Church are included in preparation for this sacrament.

Children must be enrolled in St. Martha School, in the Religious Education program, or home school instruction approved by the pastor.

All children are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation before they receive First Holy Communion.

If your child is older than second grade or has been baptized in another faith tradition, contact the PCL.

Adults receive communion for the first time when they have met all of the Catholic Church’s requirements through the RCIA program. If you are an adult, 18 years or older, who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic and have never received First Holy Communion, please refer to The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for further information.


Understanding of True Presence in the Eucharist

Bishop Robert Barron:

For more information on First Communion, please contact Ken Cummins at the parish office, (502) 491-8535 xt 128