These documents are required for your child to make their First Holy Communion:
• Baptismal certificate. Without this document in file, children will be unable to make their Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Please turn these documents into the RE office as soon as possible if you have not yet done so. If your child was baptized at the Cathedral, please submit the date that your child was baptized to the RE office.
• Fill out a Sacramental Data Form. We ask that you please fill out a sacramental data form that includes the address of the Church where your child was baptized.
Reconciliation and Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Children will be given the option of making their first Reconciliation face to face or behind the screen.
• Please make sure to go over the Rite of Reconciliation with your child and have your child memorize the Act of Contrition. Please see the children's examination of conscience to the right of this page. A good form of preparation for the sacrament is to have your child examine their conscience and recite the act of contrition at the end of each day.
First Holy Communion Reception
There will be a first Holy Communion reception in the Bishops Hall immediately after the First Holy Communion mass. At the reception, children will have their first Holy Communion gifts blessed by a priest. Children will also receive their First Holy Communion certificate at this time. Cake and punch will be served.
First Holy Communion Dress
Girls are to wear a modest, white dress. No spaghetti straps or strapless dresses are to be worn unless accompanied by a vest to cover the shoulder. Dresses must also be no shorter than 2 in. above the knee. Sandals may be worn, but no flip flops are allowed. Girls may wear a veil, but the veil must not hit below the elbow.
Boys are to wear a light or dark suit. Boys should wear shoes appropriate to the occasion. Tennis shoes are not allowed.
The Ave Maria Gift Shop will be selling First Holy Communion items for the boys and girls. Items that will be sold include rosaries, prayer books, scapulars, candles, bibles, crucifixes, necklaces and pendants. Veils and ties are not available in the gift shop.
For more information concerning the Ave Maria Gift Shop please call: (512) 617-5880.
Please make a phone call before making a visit to the gift shop.