The Sacrament of First Communion is for students in our Religious Education Program and our Parish School.

Preparation for First Communion involves gatherings and formation opportunities designed to deepen both the parent and child understanding of the Sacrament of Eucharist as well as enabling parents to guide their child into gaining greater understanding and meaning of the Eucharist in their daily lives.

This sacrament is celebrated with the family in the month of May.

If you would like information regarding this sacrament, please contact Ruthanne Swiatkowski, Coordinator of Religious Education at 708–453–2555 or

First Communion Schedule 2018-2019

  • First Communion Parent Meeting
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7 PM at St. Celestine Church
  • First Communion Parent and Child Activity
    Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at St. Celestine Church, School and Gym
  • First Communion Family Mass and Breakfast
    Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Celestine Church, School Annex and Gym
  • First Communion Rehearsals
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7 PM at St. Celestine Church (for 10 AM Mass)
    Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7 PM at St. Celestine Church (for 1 PM Mass)
  • First Communion
    Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 AM and 1 PM in the Church

First Communion Fee

The First Communion fee is $65. The fee covers the following:

  • Family breakfast.
  • A copy of your child’s First Communion Liturgy DVD with a portrait picture of your child on it.
  • A 5 x 7 picture of your child receiving Eucharist for the first time.
  • An 8 x 11 group picture.
  • The candle your child received at First Reconciliation.
  • The certificates for First Reconciliation and First Communion.
  • Flowers for the Church on the day of First Communion.

If you have two children participating in the First Communion program, your fee is $90. Both children will receive the items listed above. If you have three or more children, please contact Ruthanne Swiatkowski.

All First Communion fees are due on or before March 15, 2019. Checks should be made out to St. Mother Theodore Guerin Religious Education. The fee can be paid that evening or given to your child to bring to the teacher.

The fee can also be mailed to:

St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish
St. Celestine Church – Office for Religious Education

3020 North 76th Court
Elmwood Park, Illinois 60707

What should my child wear on the day of First Communion?

For the Boys – Dress slacks with a pastel or white shirt, with a tie. The boys can wear a suit, but that is optional. The suit or sport coat does not have to be a specific color.

For the Girls – A white or pastel dress. Veils are an option.