St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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First Holy Communion Candidates

Requirements for First Holy Communion Candidates

Candidates preparing to make their first Holy Communion are required to:

  • Have an idea of what we believe as Catholics

(Articles of Faith as contained in the Apostles Creed).

  • Master the definition of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
  • Be able to list and define the different names we use for the Eucharist
    • Lord’s Supper
    • Breaking of Bread
    • Holy Communion
    • Be able to tell the story of the first Eucharist, (the Last Supper)
    • Have an idea of the Sacrament of Penance
    • Have a clear knowledge of Good and Evil (be able to tell between good and bad)
    • Have an idea of the Ten Commandments
    • Know what Prayer is (definition)
    • Come to Mass
    • Participate fully in the Religious Education Program


They are expected to have mastered and maintained the following prayers:

  • Sign of the Cross
  • Glory Be
  • Angel of God
  • Hail Mary
  • Our Father
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Grace After Meals

They are also expected to have mastered the following prayer:

v  Act of Contrition (Traditional)

-or-    v  Act of Contrition (Contemporary)


They are expected to have experienced the following prayers:

  • I Confess (Confiteor)
  • Nicene Creed
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Lamb of God
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Apostles Creed
  • Rosary
  • Angelus
  • Act of Faith
  • Act of Hope
  • Act of Love
  • Hail Holy Queen
  • Come Holy Spirit
  • Morning offering

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