First Holy Communion Preparation & Dates

Thank You, God – First Holy Communion song

Parents, the song your children will sing at the very end of First Holy Communion will be “Thank you, God”. 
 
While the children are learning this song in class, we suggest they practice at home as well to be better prepared and more confident on the day of First Holy Communion.
 
For your convenience we have the entire song with lyrics below. Please practice with them. 

“Thank you, God” By Mark Friedman & Janet Vogt

Thank you God for simple gifts, songs to sing and morning skies, Hands to hold and stars at night, we want to thank you God.

Thank you God for family, thank you God for special friends, For peace and joy that never ends, we want to thank you God.

Thank you God, Thank you God, with our love, we come to thank you God, Thank you everyday, and in every way, we want to thank you God.

Thank you for the bread of life, thank you for the blessing cup, given by your precious love, we want to thank you God.

Thank you for the heavenly place, we can go to seek your grace, there, our hearts and treasures lay, we want to thank you God.

Thank you God, Thank you God, with our love, we come to thank you God. Thank you everyday, and in every way, we want to thank you God.

We want to thank you God. We want to thank you God.

Important Dates 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 11am – Official Rehearsal for 1st Holy Communion
 
(*only if necessary) Thursday, April 27th at 7pm – 2nd Rehearsal for 1st Holy Communion
(to be determined) at Madonna Church
 

*SATURDAY APR 29th –11am – 1st Holy Communion Ceremony – 2nd grade CCD & CTT at Madonna Church

 

MAY: 

SATURDAY MAY 6th – 1st Holy Communion during 5:30pm Mass (option 1 if not celebrating with group) Madonna Church – 2nd grade CCD & CTT

SUNDAY MAY 7th – 1st Holy Communion during 12pm Mass (option 2 if not celebrating with group) 2nd grade CCD & CTT

SATURDAY MAY 13st – 1st Holy Communion during 5:30pm Mass (option 3 if not celebrating with group) 2nd grade CCD & CTT

SUNDAY MAY 14th – 1st Holy Communion during 12pm Mass (final option if not celebrating with group) 2nd grade CCD & CTT

  

IMPORTANT: CTT parents have the option of having their child celebrate 1st Holy Communion and/or Confirmation ceremonies at Madonna Church or their parish. 

If you are a registered parishioner from another parish, you will need a letter of permission from your pastor to have your child celebrate their sacrament at Madonna Parish.

Please inform the Madonna Religious Formation office where your child will celebrate their sacraments in advance. Contact: Max Almenas, DRE for more information: 201-461-4261 or Max@MadonnaChurch.org
 

 

Attire during First Holy Communion Ceremony:

Girls are to wear white dresses with white shoes. Veils are optional. 
Boys are to wear a blazer and dark slacks or dark suits in either grey, blue or black with black shoes and dark socks. Boys should also wear a conservative tie. No white suits or white shoes for boys. No sneakers for boys or girls.

Communion Portraits by Denise Luppino Photography

 
Pictures will be taken before and after the ceremony in the cafeteria:  9:15 am to 10:50 and 12:10 to 12:45. (Ceremony starts 11am)
 

The cost per portrait is $30 which includes a 5×7. If you are having a family photo please book two slots. 

Please go to this link to order First Holy Communion portraits of your child: 

http://deniseluppinophotography.com/first-communion/

At her website, you will fill in the boxes on the form, select time in the comment box, and submit. 

Denise will contact you to confirm your exact time. 

Two weeks after the ceremony, you will get an email with a gallery of proofs to choose from. If you have any questions, please call or email Denise: 201-969-9088 or Dluppinophoto@gmail.com

Order DVD of First Holy Communion Ceremony – Just $20

Communion DVD Videos
If you are interested in a video recording of the entire ceremony, Tony Sutera from Precious Moments Videos is back again to provide beautiful DVD videos. You can order DVDs during Religious Education classes on Sundays 10am-11am. Bring Max Almenas, DRE, $20 cash or check made out to: Madonna Church.
 
If your child attends Christ the Teacher, please give a check to Gigi at the front office with Communion DVD and name of your child on the memo line. If you have any questions, call Max Almenas, DRE, 201-461-4261 Monday-Friday or 201-414-8160 Saturdays & Sundays. 
 
To see a sample of a Precious Moments Videos production, watch the trailer below from last year’s Confirmation ceremony.  
 

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