First Holy Communion

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

For further information, please contact:
Mrs. Jennifer Lemmon
Director of Faith Formation
818 340-6020 or via email

It is with great anticipation and excitement that we welcome you to St. Mel Parish to consider participation in the preparation of your child for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. 

Preparation for the reception of these sacraments is a two year process of formal instruction in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, typically beginning at age six, or first grade.  In the first year of instruction, children are introduced to the general precepts, practices, and prayers of their Catholic faith. 

The second year of instruction is specifically focused on the child’s individual understanding of the sacrament of Reconciliation, which is received prior to First Communion, and their understanding and regular participation in Sunday Mass, which is essential for their reception of First Holy Communion. 

As the primary educators of your children, we invite you to accompany them on their incredible faith journey towards the reception of these sacraments.