The invitation to come to the Lord’s Supper reaches people at different times in their lives. Any time is a good time.


If you are seeking information for your child or youth to receive their First Holy Communion, please see PART I.


If you're an adult seeking to make your First Holy Communion, please see PART II.

(Archive - First Communion 2019-2020)

PART II: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

If you are an adult, baptized or not baptized, and wish to explore a journey of faith that could include initiation to the Sacrament of the Eucharist, we invite you to consider the RCIA.


In keeping with the guidelines of our Archdiocese of Toronto, regular participation at weekly Catholic mass is required for admission to First Holy Communion. This means that if you attend Mass here at St. Benedict with your child on Saturday evening or Sunday, you are welcome to register your child here for Holy Communion. If you go to another Catholic church, you are encouraged to register your child for Communion at that parish. At St. Benedict Parish, we are proud to offer 3 parish-based options to help prepare your child for First Holy Communion. You can choose the option that best suits your child’s particular needs.

  1. If your child is already registered in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium), Communion will be addressed at an age-appropriate time on the journey of faith offered in the Atrium.
  2. You may register your child in Faith & Family if your child is:
    • Six years of age or older, is NOT baptized and attends Public or Catholic School
    • Six years of age or older, is baptized and attends Public School
  3. You may register your child in Come to the Table if your child is:
    • In Grade 2, attends Catholic School and is Baptized


Click on each link below under the heading RECONCILIATION and COMMUNION. Depending on the link, guide your child accordingly: ie. Read and talk about the stories, teach the prayers/mass responses, acquaint your child with the examination of conscience and watch and discuss the videos. RECONCILIATION BIBLE STORIES: Reconciliation EXPLANATION: Rite of Reconciliation GLOSSARY: Reconciliation PRAYER: Act of Contrition EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE FOR CHILDREN VIDEOS: Reconciliation COMMUNION BIBLE STORIES: Communion RESPONSES: Parts of the Mass VIDEOS: Communion