St. John the Baptist Catholic Church & School
835 2nd Ave NW New Brighton, MN 55112
Phone: 651-633-8333  |  Fax: 651-633-7404
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Procedure for First Communion 

1.  A child receives the Eucharist for the first time upon reaching the age of reason, generally assumed to be in second grade.  Parents participate in educating their child for this celebration of the Sacrament.  All the children prepared celebrate the sacrament on the appointed days.  It is required that children have this preparation and sufficient knowledge to understand the mystery of Christ (Canon #913).
2. Children who have not celebrated this sacrament in the second grade will be prepared for celebrating the sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC).
3.  One who is to receive the Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception of water and medicine, for at least one hour prior to receiving (Canon #919).
4.   Adults who seek to celebrate this sacrament will be enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and receive this sacrament during Holy Week.

All second grade students in the Faith Formation Program (classroom or parent-guided study) or attend St. John's School, prepare together for this sacrament.  First Communion is celebrated during the Easter season.

To register your child, please contact the Family Faith Formation Office.

First Eucharist 2018

Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8:30 pm – Child/Parent Kickoff – SJH

Sunday, April 15, 2:00-5:00 pm – Child/Parent Retreat – SJH

Monday, April 23, 6:30-7:30 pm – Rehearsal for 4:30 Mass – Chapel/Church

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 pm – Rehearsal for 8:30 Mass – Chapel/Church

Thursday, April 26, 6:30-7:30 pm – Rehearsal for 10:30 Mass – Chapel/Church

Saturday, April 28 – First Eucharist during 4:30 pm Mass

Sunday, April 29 – First Eucharist during 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses

Children and Youth


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