Come closer to Jesus

How wonderful that you are seeking this beautiful sacrament for your child! 

How it works

The First Communion process at St. Ignatius is for Catholic children in Grade 3 and up who have attended Catch the Wave, our Sunday program for children, for at least one year.

Specifically, regular attendance at mass is required during the year before enrolling in sacramental preparation. The target number we have set is approximately 20 times a year.

Where to begin

If you’re not already registered as a parishioner at St. Ignatius, we first as that you do so by completing this form .

Once you are registered, sign up your child for Catch the Wave and enjoy the unique sense of community that St. Ignatius offers every Sunday. 

Preparation sessions are scheduled three times a year, beginning in October, January, and March.


How to register for sacrament prep

After a year of regular attendance at Sunday Mass, we’ll contact you to register your child for the First Communion prep program. Sessions are scheduled three times a year, beginning in October, January, and March.



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 Catch the Wave regularly (20 times in a year).  After a year of regular attendance, they can join the First Communion prep program.

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.  Our “Catch the Wave” program at Sunday mass gives the kids a group experience where they can learn about Bible stories, make friends, and connect with the larger community.  

Is there a cost?

A one time fee of $200 is charged for the  First Communion prep program.

How do I sign up?

Parents will be sent an enrollment form after their kids have completed one year in Catch the Wave.


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