First Communion 2019-2020

First Communion: 

for Children Registered at St. Benedict Church

in the 2019-2020 School Year


August 10, 2020

Good news!  On August 4th, Cardinal Thomas Collins indicated in a memo to all parishes that we may resume preparations for First Holy Communion and complete the sacramental preparation courses from the 2019/2020 school year.  He also added that, using the WorshipSafe guidelines, we may proceed with the safe celebration of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  Certainly, this is the good news that we’ve been waiting for!


Resume Preparations

In light of this update, here is how we will resume preparations for parents who registered their child for First Holy Communion at            St. Benedict parish during the 2019/2020 school year:



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. 



       BIBLE STORIES:  Reconciliation

       EXPLANATION:  Rite of Reconciliation

       GLOSSARY: Reconciliation

       PRAYER:  Act of Contrition


       VIDEOS:  Reconciliation



       BIBLE STORIES:  Communion

       RESPONSES:  Parts of the Mass

       VIDEOS:  Communion



Celebration Dates for Reconciliation and Communion



In a separate email, parents will receive information about an in-person preparation meeting in the parish hall as well as the celebration dates for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion that will be scheduled in late August and early September.


New Communion Registrations

For parents interested in registering children for First Communion at St. Benedict parish for the 2020-2021 school year, kindly check our weekly online bulletin at for related information that will be published in the coming weeks.