Welcome to First Holy Communion Catechesis at Peace of Christ Parish!                                                                   

     Children usually begin their preparation to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion in the second grade. Please visit this link for registration materials. A preparation class schedule for the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist may be found at this link: Sacramental preparation calendar. Then, send your completed registration form with processing fee ($30) to: Peace of Christ Parish, 25 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609. Remember, your child needs to first receive the Sacrament of Penance (in the fall) before he/she can prepare to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion (in the spring). During preparation, we use Our Sunday Visitor's Encounter with Christ program as a supplement to a variety of learning experiences including family and youth workshops. Click on the picture below for a sample lesson from Encounter with Christ curriculum. Visit this link to view more spiritual experiences for children and families. Thank you!                                       

The basic guidelines for your child to prepare for the Sacrament of First Eucharist are:

  1. The child must be baptized into the Catholic faith.
  2. One year of Religious Education either in a Catholic school or a parish Religious Education program should have already been completed. (Second grade is the recommended age for receiving this sacrament.)
  3. The child must have received the Sacrament of First Penance prior to receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
  4. Current enrollment in a Catholic School or a Religious Education program is required.
  5. The family is registered at Peace of Christ Parish.

Please note: if your child already attends a Catholic School, then he or she only attends the classes for sacramental preparation; they do not need to attend faith formation classes. Sacramental preparation classes are separate from our faith formation classes. 


For more information on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please visit the Diocese of Rochester's website or Melissa Mang, Catechetical Director/Youth Ministry at or 288-5000 ext. 121.