Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” John 6:35

First Eucharist for children is celebrated in 2nd grade in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The Archdiocese requires two years of faith formation prior to receiving this sacrament. For students in Catholic School, this formation is part of the academic curriculum. For students in non-Catholic school, the formation requirement is met by attending School of Religion at St. Thomas More in 1st and 2nd grade.

Children receive First Eucharist at a regular Sunday mass with the full participation of the STM community.

An alternative is to for the child to celebrate First Eucharist at a pre-scheduled Saturday morning mass, typically on the first Saturday in May.

If your child was NOT baptized at STM, a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate is needed in order to receive this sacrament.

Book list for Parents–Building a library of faith

The Beginner’s Bible, by Karyn Henley, 1989
Blessings & Prayers, by Liturgy Training Publications, 1994
The Holy Twins Benedict and Scholastica, by Kathleen Norris and Tomie dePaola, 2001
Mary The Mother of Jesus, by Tomie dePaola, 1995
The Miracles of Jesus, by Tomie dePaola, 1987
Patrons and Protectors Occupations, by Michael O’Neill McGrath, 2001
Pascual and the Kitchen Angels, by Tomie dePaola, 2004
A Prayer A Day, by Parragon Books, 2008
Praying With Your Five Fingers, by Pope Francis
The Rhyme Bible, by Toni Goffe and Linda J. Sattgast, 1996
Water, Come Down!, by Walter Wangerin, Jr., 1999

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