Select a Date and Time to Register
To register, you will need the following:
1. Child's full name, current address, and date and place of birth
2. Parents' full names (including mother's maiden name)
3. Date and place of child's baptism
4. Copy of baptismal certificate (if not baptized at St. Rose or St. Agnes)
5. Number of guests who will attend First Communion Mass
St. Agnes, Middleton
Saturday, April 30, 2022
St. Rose of Lima, Topsfield
Saturday, May 7, 2022
First Communion Masses with Social-Distancing and Masks Required
St. Agnes: May 1, 12:30 PM
St. Rose: May 7, 2:30 PM
First Communicants must attend one of the following First Communion Rehearsals. Kids may attend any of the rehearsals regardless of where they will receive First Communion. A parent must attend rehearsal with their child.
- St. Agnes:
- Monday, April 25, 4:00-5:00 PM
- Wednesday, April 27, 6:30-7:30 PM
- St. Rose:
- Tuesday, April 26, 4:00-5:00 PM
- Thursday, April 28, 6:30-7:30 PM
We want children to look nice for this special day, without being uncomfortable in or distracted by their clothing. Dress code for First Communion is "Sunday Best" for all in attendance.
- White dress
- Dress shoes
- Gloves may be worn to the church, but must be removed before getting in the communion line.
- White or solid, neutral-colored suit
- Dress shoes
If children have rosary beads, purses, bibles, or gifts with them, please be sure they put them down before getting in line to receive communion.
- Please refrain from taking pictures during Mass.
- A photographer will be present at all Masses to take photos of your child receiving Communion. She will also be available to take photos after Mass. You can purchase photos before First Communion or bring your order form on the day of First Communion. Download the Order Form here.
- You may NOT bring another photographer to photograph the Mass.
- 10 guests are allowed per child.
- Immediate family members are considered guests.
- If you have two children receiving First Communion, you may have 14 guests.
- Additional friends and family may sit in the overflow seating in the church hall on a first-come basis.
- First Communicants should arrive 30-45 minutes before the start of Mass
- Kids will gather in the hall and process into the church together
- Guests do not need to arrive early and should stay outside until an usher seats them
We invite you to practice receiving communion with your child at home, using crackers, cookies, candy, popcorn or something else. Children will receive communion before everyone else and return to their seats before others get in line. Because of this, they will be allowed to remove their masks when they go forward to receive. The priest will keep his mask on. Parents may decide whether or not they are comfortable with their children removing their masks when approaching the priest. Practice with your children the way you would prefer they receive at their First Communion.
How to Receive:
- Kids will be sitting with their families during Mass. When entering the communion line and approaching the priest, children keep their hands folded in prayer.
- When children are next in line, they bow as a sign of reverence.
- When at the priest, children will place their dominant hand under their other hand and create a throne for Jesus. Their "throne" should be flat so the priest doesn't touch their fingers, but not so flat that the Eucharist may fall off.
- The priest will hold up the host and say "The Body of Christ."
- Communicants respond, "Amen" and the priest places the host in their hands.
- If not wearing a mask: With their dominant (bottom) hand, children reach into their top hand, pick up the host, and place it in their mouths immediately.
- If wearing a mask: Children take one step to the side and pull down their masks using their dominant (bottom) hand. Then, they pick up the host from their top hand and place it in their mouths. Children replace their masks before returning to their seats.
- After receiving, kids will make the Sign of the Cross and return to their seats with their hands folded in prayer. They will walk around the outside of the pews back to their family.
Masses at St. Rose will be live-streamed for loved ones to watch at home.
Unfortunately, St. Agnes does not have the ability to live-stream.
Before First Communion, kids must memorize four basic Catholic prayers:
- Our Father
- Hail Mary
- Glory Be
- Act of Contrition
They will be quizzed on these prayers during the month of April. Keep practicing them at home! You can find the words to these prayers at agnesandrose.org/first-communion-prayers