Masses with First Communicants

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: Should the renewal of baptismal promises be done at Masses with First Communicants? Thanks for the help!


A: We have no formal ritual for first communion. It’s completely a grassroots ceremony. Communion is one of the initiation sacraments, so I understand the instinct to renew baptismal promises on that occasion. However, we have no ritual calling for it, as we do for confirmation.

Perhaps it’s best for the children to experience communion at Mass as normally as possible. If it’s a Sunday or solemnity, then, their first communion Mass includes the creed.