When a child has been attending church with his parents for some years, he or she is normally anxious to receive communion as well.

A child is ready to celebrate First Communion after going through a 2 level process of Faith First. It is in the second level that the child is given special preparation and information sessions to better understand and deepen knowledge of what this sacrament is all about.

Much information is given by the Faith Education office about this preparation and you may reach them by email at or by calling 514-684-6488 ext. 204. They are conversant with the needs you should provide and the available schedule that best suits you.

This sacrament is a stepping stone in the faith journey of your child. It will prepare the way for Confirmation in level six and give the child a sense of belonging to a real community that is deeply caring and loving in its approach to the practice, celebration of the faith and life of the parish.

God has blessed you with wonderful children, give them all of the opportunities that you can to meet and get to know Jesus their Savior. Encourage them and accompany them in their faith journey by supporting them in the practice of the Sunday Eucharistic celebrations. You are Jesus’ hands, feet and mouthpiece; it is your undertaking that is asking for the child to receive and celebrate the sacraments of initiation. Your part is to foster, to accompany, to promote and to support your child in his or her faith journey.

The best way to do this is to take part in the process and help the Faith Ed office in realizing the objective. The information you will pick up will transform you and give you a much deeper sense of what this journey is all about; not to mention the new friends, and clearer sense of what Church is all about.

God bless you.'s introduction to the Sacraments series

Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he explains the do's and don'ts and rights and wrongs of receiving Communion...

Should Catholics receive communion on the hand or on the tongue? And how exactly are we supposed to do that reverently? Is there any other acceptable response besides "Amen?" ...and what does "amen" mean anyway?

These questions and more are answered in this edition of "Sacraments 101," a web video series geared for those who'd like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

The Church calls the Eucharist the "summit and source of our faith," so it would seem pretty important to understand the basics about receiving this sacrament when we go to Mass.