First Holy Communion
OUR PARISH CELEBRATION OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It is a lifelong and ongoing sacrament, a sign of unity and community.

Through the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, Catholics remember the past, celebrate the present, and place their hope in the future. Eucharist is a sacrifice. The Christian family gathers at Mass to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. At Mass we proclaim, “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.”

The First Eucharist was celebrated by Jesus at the Last Supper. While sharing the Passover supper with his apostles, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it and gave it to them. He told them to take the bread and eat it for “this is my Body”. He did the same with the cup of wine, blessing it and sharing it, telling them “This is my blood”.

It was at the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated the first Mass. That night, the apostles received their First Holy Communion. Jesus also gave them the power to change bread and wine into his Body and Blood; a practice done each week by the priest at Mass.

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MASS ATTENDANCE: All students are expected to attend Mass regularly. This is especially true of students who seek sacraments from the Church. It is the parent’s responsibility to foster a relationship between their child and God’s Church, fulfilling the promises made at the child’s baptism.  Please note that there are three (3) mandatory class Masses as well as a minimum of nine (9) additional masses your child is to attend within the school year.  A signed reflection of the Homily is required for each attended Mass.

FIRST PENANCE:  First Penance will take place in November prior to Thanksgiving on a Tuesday at 5:30 PM in the Church.  

COMMUNION PRAYER PARTNER:  All First Holy Communion candidates are required to attend a mass at Church of Epiphany with their Prayer Lamb.  Masses are:  Saturday, 3/4/17 at 5:00 pm, Sunday 3/5/17 at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, or Noon.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:  First Holy Communion takes place at 11:00 a.m. Mass on a Saturday each May. The schedule for First Communion is handed out at the beginning of the school year and a parent meeting is held with the religious education director in October. The details of the Communion ceremony will be discussed at that time and general instructions and information will be given to parents.

PRACTICE: Practice is very important and we hold one practice for First Communion. We consider this practice to be mandatory as it ensures that children are aware of their responsibilities the day of the ceremony and feel comfortable with what is expected of them.

TICKETS:  Each family will be given ten (10) tickets for First Holy Communion Mass.  Every attendee requires a ticket upon entering the Church so that we are in accordance with the Brick Township Fire Code.  First Communicants do not require a ticket.

ARRIVAL: All children are to arrive by 10:30 AM and should go directly to the All Purpose Room and take their assigned place. A Parent should stay with the child in the APR until shortly before the procession begins.  All other family members and friends are asked to wait in the Church until Mass begins.

ATTIRE:
Girls -White dress, veil or headpiece, white tights or socks, white shoes.
Boys – Dark suit or white suit, White dress shirt, White tie, dress shoes only (no athletic shoes) and a white Communion arm band which is worn on the left arm.  The Communion arm band will be provided by the Religious Ed Department the morning of First Holy Communion.

ACCESSORIES:  Children are not allowed to carry bibles, rosaries, or flowers during the ceremony. Girls should not wear gloves or capes. Parents are asked to hold any religious articles or accessory items for their children until after the ceremony is over.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Photo and videography (this includes cell phones) are not permitted during the Mass.  This is to conserve the dignity and reverence of the Mass.  As a service to parents, we do offer the opportunity to purchase a DVD and/or professional quality photos of your child through a professional photographer. Digital cameras will be used to capture the entire Mass as well as professional photos of your child receiving their First Holy Communion.  The photographer will also be available to arrange for individual photo sessions of your child/family.  Order forms will be given about one month before First Holy Communion.
CHURCH
615 Thiele Road,
Brick, NJ 08724
Phone: (732) 458-0220
Fax: (732) 458-0855
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RECTORY
641 Thiele Road,
Brick, NJ 08724
Phone: (732) 458-0220
 
PARISH CENTER OFFICE HOURS
Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1 PM

Summer Hours
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


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