PARTICIPATION IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST FOR THE FIRST TIME
24. For the administration of the Eucharist to children, it is required that they have sufficient knowledge and
careful preparation so that they can understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity, and can
receive the Lord with faith and devotion. (CIC 913, §1)
25. It is the responsibility of parents and those who take the place of parents as well as the pastor to see that
children who have reached the use of reason are correctly prepared for the Eucharist as early as the third grade.
First reception of the Eucharist is to be preceded by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation. (CIC 914)
26. The first celebration of the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist for all chldren will ordinarily take place
in the the third grade. A period of three months shall separate the celebration of first reconciliation from First
27. It is the responsibility of parishes to provide programs for all children and parents preparing for the celebration
of first reconciliation and First Eucharist. (14)
28. Children who have completed programs of preparation for first reconciliation and First Eucharist in Catholic
Schools are not required to participate in sacramental preparation classes in their home parish programs before
the sacraments are celebrated.
28.1. The Catholic school is also responsible for the parent‟s preparation program.
28.2. A certificate, indicating that preparation for the sacraments has been provided at the school and that the
child and parents have completed the program of preparation, will be issued to the parents by the school
principal. This certificate is to be presented by the parents to the pastor of the child´s home parish. The
pastor is to accept this certificate as proof of preparation.
28.3. Ordinarily, the celebrations of first reconciliaton and First Eucharist should occur in the child‟s home
parish. In special circumstances, permission may be granted (in writing) by the pastor of the home parish
for the celebration to take place elsewhere. (150
29. Children of catechetical age who are not baptized are to be prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation according
to the RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS Part II. Rites for Particular Circumstances 1. Christian
Initiation of Children Who Have Reached Catechetical Age.
30. Baptized Catholic adults who have not received First Eucharist should be prepared for the reception of the
sacraments in the manner described in the RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS. Part II. Rites for
Particular Circumstances. 4.Preparation of Uncatechized Adults for Confirmationand Eucharist. (See also
Archdiocese of Santa Fe Confirmation Policy #17).
31. Whenever possible, First Eucharist should be received under both species following the norms given in #20
(14) If the parents have gone through similar instructions within the last two years, they do not need to repeat the
(15) Children attending a Catholic school in a parish other than their own proper parish should have the option of receiving First Eucharist with their classmates.