In the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood

you are in the life of God


“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; … he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and .. abides in me, and I in him.” John 6:51,54,56″

“What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion wonderfully achieves in our spiritual life. Communion with the flesh of the risen Christ preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism. This growth in Christian life needs the nourishment of Eucharistic Communion, the bread for our pilgrimage until the moment of death, when it will be given to us as viaticum.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1392.


Preparation for First Holy Communion typically starts in third grade, after having received First Confession/Reconciliation in second grade. Classes run concurrent with the school year with reception of the sacrament taking place in May.

Any Catholic who is registered at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish may have either themselves, their teenager, or their child (third grade and older) prepare for and receive their First Holy Communion at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

We are happy to prepare children from another parish with documented permission of the individual’s pastor.

For more information on the sacrament of First Holy Communion contact Laura Smith 505-892-1497 or