St. Edward Catholic Church
Penance or Reconciliation
Sacrament of Healing
Satisfaction or completing our penance
Rite of Reconciliation
• In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Bless me Father, for
I have sinned. This is my first confession.
These are my sins. (tell the priest your sins)
• The priest will give you a Penance; this will
usually be some prayers to say.
• Act of Contrition
It is primarily the duty of parents and those who
take the place of parents, as well as the duty of
pastors, to take care that children who have
reached the use of reason are prepared properly
and, after they have made sacramental confession,
are refreshed with this divine food as soon as
possible. It is for the pastor to exercise vigilance so
that children who have not attained the use of
reason or whom he judges are not sufficiently
disposed do not approach holy communion.
First Holy Communion
• Communion or Eucharist is a sacrament of
• In order to receive the sacrament, a person
must be baptized, a Catholic, at least seven
years old and free from mortal sin.
• Before receiving your first communion, you
must receive the sacrament of penance.
According to the Church's command, "after having
attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is
bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious
sins at least once a year." Anyone who is aware of
having committed a mortal sin must not receive
Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep
contrition, without having first received
sacramental absolution, unless he has a grave
reason for receiving Communion and there is no
possibility of going to confession. Children must go
to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy
Communion for the first time.
What is Eucharist?
• The Eucharist is "the source and summit of
the Christian life." CCC 1324
• The bread and wine become the Body and
Blood of Jesus.
• Jesus is fully present, body, blood, soul and
divinity. “He must increase, but I must
decrease.” (John 3:30)
• Receiving Communion heals us and sustains
us in our daily life.
How to Receive Holy Communion
In the hand or on the tongue
Slight bow as an act of reverence
“The Body of Christ”
Consume the host immediately
Kneel in your pew until the tabernacle is closed
Dress for First Communion
• Girls: dress, preferably white with sleeves;
shoes or sandals. Veil is optional. No
strapless or spaghetti strap dresses, no slides
or flip-flops, no gloves, purses, rosaries,
flowers, or books to carry.
• Boys: Dress pants, shirt, tie, socks and shoes,
• April 4: First Penance, 5:30 pm in the Church
• April 12: Communion Retreat 9 am—noon;
Family Luncheon at noon in the Parish Hall
• April 17: Holy Thursday Mass and Procession,
7 pm in the Church
• April 30: First Communion Rehearsal, 5 pm in
• May 4: First Communion Mass at Noon; meet
in parish hall at 11:30 am