Dear Parents of First Communion and Confirmation Candidates:
After so many months of uncertainty, I am happy to inform you that we have already approved the new dates for the celebrations of the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
To respect the guidelines of health and physical distance, we will have several days assigned for these celebrations. Each group must attend a church meeting at 6:00 pm on the Saturday before the date that corresponds. Please, check carefully which group your child belongs to.
- Sunday, August 16, 2020, 4:30 pm: RCIA (bilingual)
- Sunday, August 23, 2020, 4:30 pm: Confirmation (group A; Ms. Irene Regalado)
- Sunday, August 30, 2020, 4:30 pm: Confirmation (group B; Ms. Mary Andino)
- Sunday, September 6, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (younger grades in English; Ms. Nelly Jiménez, Ms. Verónica Román and Ms.Nancy Aburto)
- Sunday, September 13, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (older grades in English; Ms. Elisa Peña, Ms. Prisciliana Aburto and Ms. Carmelita Frias)
- Sunday, September 20, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (younger grades in Spanish; Ms. Clemencia Calderón, Ms. Maritza López and Ms. María Hernández)
- Sunday, September 27, 2020, 4:30 pm: First Communion (older grades in Spanish; Ms. Sylvia García, Ms. Rosa Calero and Ms. Maricela Jiménez)
Please, remember that to celebrate these sacraments on the dates indicated above, the participants will have to have completed the requirements requested from the beginning.
Later, I will send a new email with more details about the First Communion. And as soon as I know the dates for the fall registration and courses, I will let you know.
Best regards and blessings,
Saint Pius V Parish
First Communion: Frequently Asked Questions
I share with you the answers to the most frequently asked questions about First Communion for this year in its new date (September 2020). Feel free to ask more questions. We will gladly try to answer them as soon as possible.
1. When will my child’s First Communion be?
A. God willing, the celebrations will be on Sundays in September this year at 4:30 pm. Please see above where we indicate the date that corresponds to each group.
2. Should sponsors attend the meeting on the Saturday before my child’s First Communion?
A. Not necessarily. With this new normal, we are avoiding that there are many people during the parish meetings, for the health of all. However, if the sponsors want to attend they will be welcome.
3. I still have to carry documents and make payments for my child, what should I do?
A. Call the offices during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or Saturday morning) so that you can schedule an appointment and can complete these procedures.
4. At the beginning of the pandemic, you, Ely, sent us some projects to carry out with our children. What do we do with them?
A. You must turn in these assignments to your children’s catechists on the Saturday that you have to attend. If the task has been learning prayers, make sure that your child has them learned for that day.
5. My children are siblings and they were in different groups. How can I make them have their First Communion together? Could it be?
A. Yes you can. You must contact Ely, the coordinator, so she can notify your children’s catechists.
6. How should my child be dressed on the day of his First Communion?
A. It is recommended that children attend in white, which is the color that symbolizes the dignity of the children of God, received at their baptism. Please keep them simple, to prevent children from being distracted by issues that are not relevant. (The first 1st Communion in history – the Last Supper – was quite simple, the gospels tell us). So, girls in plain white dresses, and boys in white shirts and dark pants (black or navy), optional tie.
As a measure of sanitation, EVERYONE must wear face masks for both the Saturday meeting and the celebration of First Communion.
7. Does my child need to bring a candle, a bible and a rosary for the First Communion ceremony?
A. No, your child does not need a candle, a Bible, or a rosary during the ceremony. However, we understand that perhaps you as parents want a photo of your children with these objects. If so, you would bring these things with you so that in the end you can use them for your photos. We reiterate: We want your children to focus on celebration and be free from distractions.
8. Our children were learning a song for First Communion, what will happen now that they have not rehearsed?
A. The time when children gather to sing in chorus will be suspended. However, the church music ministry will sing the songs at the usual distance.
9. When can I enroll my other children for the catechism?
A. Both that date and the start date of classes have yet to be approved.
10. When can we collect our children’s First Communion certificates?
A. These certificates will be delivered at the end of the ceremony.