First Communion


Preparation for the Sacrament of 1st Communion, also referred to as Eucharist, is preparation for a lifetime that only begins with 1st Communion.


Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.


Children and Youth


A child who was baptized Catholic and is at least 7 years of age is eligible to receive 1st Communion after sufficient preparation. Here at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, children must attend two years of Faith Formation classes so s/he has a basic catechesis before preparing for the Sacraments.


Prior to the reception of 1st Communion, a baptized child must have preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes referred to as Confession or Penance) and have the opportunity to receive it.


Immediate Preparation for the Sacraments usually involves a 2 hour retreat with the parent. This Immediate Preparation is separate from Faith Formation classes.


Children can begin formal Faith Formation classes in a variety of entry points. Don’t despair if life’s circumstances are bringing your child to the sacraments at an older age!  This is a very common occurrence and we will work with you and your child’s individual needs.


Please call the Faith Formation Director at 518 346-4926 x 121 or email for any further questions or to enroll your child in Faith Formation classes.




Adults seeking to prepare for the Sacrament of 1st Communion should contact Patricia Retzlaff at 518 346-4926 x 124 or Arrangements will be made based on your individual circumstance.





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