What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation — St. Francis of Assisi

First Holy Communion Preparation Program

The Cathedral Parish is pleased to welcome all of her second graders to their first and frequent reception of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Our First Holy Communion Preparation Program consists of regular catechetical classes and several special events that lead up to the First Holy Communion Mass.

For Children Enrolled at the Cathedral School of St. Jude

Second graders at the Cathedral School of St. Jude the Apostle will be prepared for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion as part of their daily religion classes.

Parents are asked to complete the First Holy Communion Registration form.

For Children Not Currently Enrolled at the Cathedral School of St. Jude

All second graders who are not students of the Cathedral School are to enroll in our FIRE faith formation program (which they must register separately for).  They are to attend FIRE classes where they will be prepared for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Once enrolled in FIRE, parents are asked to complete the First Holy Communion Registration form and provide a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate, if baptized anywhere other than St. Jude.

How can I as a parent best support my child’s preparation for First Holy Communion?

While our teachers do a wonderful job of explaining the sacraments and showing our young people how to receive them, it is truly your example that will have the greatest impact on the spiritual life of your child.  If you are not already doing so, we invite you to make these things a priority:

  • Attending Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Making your own faith a priority by seeking the opportunities for adult faith formation in the parish.
  • Supporting a parish ministry with the gift of your time and talents.
  • Having regular family prayer time and discussing the Eucharist with your child.
  • Returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially if it’s been awhile.

While we have an excellent team of catechists who, along with our priests, will be journeying with our second graders, the best and truest example of faith comes from their parents.

Helpful resources:

If you would like physical copies of the Workbooks and CDs, please call the parish office at 727-347-9702 to arrange to pick up.