First Holy Communion

If your child is preparing for First Holy Communion this Spring, 2024 this will be the most important year of his entire life!  (Generally, students ages 7-8 years old are ready for First Holy Communion– So, here at St. Mary’s you can assess your child’s rediness when he or she is getting ready to begin 2nd grade!)

The preparation and reception of all Sacraments has always been the responsibility of the parish you attend Mass.

It has always been the policy of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to have students who attend Catholic school, or a Catholic home school program, to ALSO participate in the sacramental preparation program of the parish during years when they are preparing for a sacrament. This is an entirely separate process from CCD and regular Faith formation.

Everyone also needs to be registered. Receiving sacraments is all about rediness, not just an age. So, if you feel your child is ready to receive, please contact Jordan at

First Holy Communion

2024 Schedule for Sacramental Prep!


13        (Sat.) Sacramental Prep Session: 9:00am-10:30am in Fatima Hall. Church Tour and confessional visit.


*Schedule your child’s interview with Jordan Tippett or Fr. James by scheduling an appointment via email:

Jordan:; Fr. James: The interview will be 15 minutes long.




(Various) 1st Holy Communion Interview (must take place prior to First Confession!)


7          (Wed.) Weeknight Session 6:00-7:30pm Fatima Hall: Pretend walk through First Confession & talk on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist




23        (Sat.) Sacramental Prep Session: 9:00am-10:30am- How to Receive Communion with Fr. James and Jordan




9          (Tues.) Sacramental Prep Session: 6:00pm-7:00pm- We will practice in Church and go through First Holy Communion Day!


20 OR 21         First Communion Mass! You may CHOOSE whatever mass you would like, BUT YOU MUST SIGN UP by scanning the QR code. Please make sure that parents with custody agreements have included the other parent in this process!

                                  Scan to sign up!