The Sacrament is celebrated the first time at the age of reason. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee requires that each Parish provide sessions for parents and at least a year of preparation for children to receive the Sacraments. The Parish provides help and guidance in these preparation sessions for parents and children. These are to help children enter into communion with Jesus and the Sacramental life that was begun at Baptism. This is especially important to establish the habit of faith and life that God greatly desires to gift us with.
First Holy Communion is a special time and preparation, and like all Sacraments is a “yes” to God’s divine life. Parents with children at the age of reason are encouraged to contact Bonnie Shoofs ([email protected]) for more information, schedules of the process and resources for preparation.
“The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said: ‘He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.’ Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: ‘As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.'”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1391).