First Holy Communion


~ 2019 First Holy Communion Celebrations ~
Due to ceiling repair in the Upper Church


All Rehearsals will take place at St. Athanasius

Saturday, April 27 - 9am Mass for the following classes (*** NOTE Mass time has changed from 10am to NEW TIME OF 9AM)

Kevin O'Neil/Ryan O'Neil   Kevin Briere
Stacey Bertocchi/Mary Bertocchi   Lauren Walsh/Brenna Sullivan
Sarah Murray/Jessica O'Neil    

The REHEARSAL for this Mass is Wednesday, April 24 from 3:30PM until 4:30PM


Saturday, April 27 - 1:00pm Mass for the following classes:

Jimmy Murphy/Brendan Ziegler
Jarra Carney/Lisa Coulouris
Sheila Narayanan

The REHEARSAL for this Mass is Wednesday, April 24 from 5PM until 6PM


Saturday, May 4 - 1:00PM Mass for the following classes:

Nicole Barletta/Pina Rizza
Marge Pearson
Lindsey McCarthy

The REHEARSAL for this Mass is Wednesday, May 1 from 3:30PM until 4:30PM


Dear Families,

As you know there is a lot happening at St. Agnes which has impacted the logistics for the Grade 2 First Holy Communion Masses, as well as all of us in the St. Agnes Parish community.

Announced this weekend, Fr. Steve Rock is officially appointed the Pastor at both St. Agnes, as well as St. Athanasius.  This is part of the bigger picture of the Collaboration with the two Reading parishes with the ultimate goal of using our limited resources in the best way possible to share the Good News and help our brothers and sisters, united in Christ, grow a deeper relationship with Jesus and with His church.

Additionally, the closing of the Upper Church for ceiling repairs has affected all Worship.  We continue to hold all our Sunday and Daily Masses, at their usual times, in the Lower Church, however:

All First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated at St. Athanasius, 300 Haverhill St, Reading

The First Holy Communion dates, Mass times and rehearsals will remain as currently scheduled, with the only change being the location.  All Masses and all rehearsals will be at St. Athanasius.

As you can imagine, there are many details to finalize regarding the Mass and the rehearsal being held at St. Athanasius – much to learn and adapt to.  You will be kept well informed of the details as we work through them and finalize. 

We continue to live in a world always changing...  given this, we are thankful for the Spirit within our community to get us all through!

We thank you for your patience and understanding.



REHEARSALS for First Holy Communion

Due to ceiling repair of Upper Church, rehearsals will take place at St. Athanasius.
Rehearsal is a drop off to St. Athanasius Church; more information will follow.  When you arrive for rehearsal, please help you child find his/her assigned seating.  We have limited time for rehearsal:  we ask that your child stay seated so that we can easily see that all have arrived and begin the rehearsal.  

Pick up is in the Church.  If you arrive before rehearsal is done, please take a seat in the back of the church so as not to disrupt the rehearsal.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation


First Holy Communion Attire

ATTIRE:  with reverance to the Sacrament, appropriate Church attire is expected; in past girls have worn white and also other Church-appropriate attire:  both are acceptable.  Boys have worn white, and other Church-appropriate attire (Khakis/blue blazer, tie, etc.)





April 28, 2018 - 10:00am First Holy Communion Mass:

April 28, 2018 - 1:00pm First Holy Communion Mass:

May 5, 2018 - First Holy Communion Mass:




Retreat for First Holy Communion

This is an important day when children will review:  how to receive communion, our communion song and the procession into the church.  PLEASE NO EARLY RELEASES OR LATE ARRIVALS.  There is no "Make-up" for this Retreat, nor swapping dates.

Sunday Session Classes:  Retreat date is Sunday, April 7, at 10:15am - during your child's regularly scheduled class.  Drop off to your child's classroom.

Wednesday Session Classes:  Retreat date is Wednesday, April 10, at 1:15pm - during your child's regularly scheduled class.  Drop off to your child's classroom.

Parent Meeting for First Holy Communion

The Parent Meeting will follow your child's Retreat and take place in the Parish Center, 1st Floor.

SUNDAY CLASSES:  Parent Meeting is Sunday, April 7, 11:15am

WEDNESDAY CLASSES:  Parent Meeting is Wednesday, April 10, 2:15pm



Please practice Prayers with your child:
- Our Father
- Hail Mary
- Glory Be


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