Come closer to Jesus

For Catholic children in Grade 3 and up who have attended church (Catch the Wave) for at least one year prior to signing up.  

Regular attendance at mass is required during the year before starting sacrament prep.  For most kids, that’s Grade 2 (Communion) and Grade 5 (Confirmation).  The target number we have set is approximately 20 times a year.

Monthly meetings in the evening for children and parents will take place from September to May.

Parents whose children have met the mass attendance requirement during their Grade 2 year will be contacted directly in June to sign up for the 2019-20 program.

First Communion 2020

Date TBD (May)



Why is attendance at mass required?

It is our dearest wish that children who receive their sacraments here at St. Ignatius have a feeling that they truly belong here — that this church is a home and a family for them.

In order for this to happen, the kids need to come to church regularly, so they experience it as a routine, a comfortable place where they are known, a place where they can come to know Jesus and His love.

My child is in Grade 3, but did not attend a church program last year. Can she still sign up?

If a child was not attending a church program last year, they will first have to attend mass regularly (20 times in a year).  After a year of regular attendance, they can join the First Communion prep program.

Is there a cost?

A one time fee of $150 is charged for the  prep program.


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