First Communion Update

posted Apr 8, 2016, 2:58 PM by Victoria White


First Communion


This important notice applies only to families that intended to celebrate First Communion at the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, April 17


This notice is from Father Lindsay Harrison, pastor of St John the Apostle Church.  I am contacting you about an issue we are experiencing with the First Communion scheduling.


My original decision to allow families to choose without booking any regular weekend Mass over a three week period for their child’s First Communion has proven problematic.  I am new to the parish and was thinking this would make things more convenient for you.  But there was a reason the previous pastors had families book in advance that I did not appreciate.


While there are nine regularly scheduled masses over those three weekends, I did not anticipate that nearly half of all families would choose the same MassSunday, April 17 at 10:30am


This means that between regular parishioners, First Communicants, their families and guests, there will be severe overcrowding at that Mass; to the point that many may not be able to find a seat or even get into the church.  I am not exaggerating.


Because of this situation I am asking your cooperation in having a special First Communion Mass strictly for your child, family and guests on the same day,Sunday, April 17 at 12:00 noon.  This means there will be no First Communions at the 10:30 Mass on April 17.


So, if you were planning to attend the 10:30 Mass on April 17 for First Communion please come to the 12:00 noon Mass instead or switch to one of the earlier masses that weekend (i.e. Saturday, April 16 at 5:00pm, orSunday, April 17 at 8:00am).


The reason for not having First Communions at both the 10:30 and the special12:00 noon Mass is that there is no fair way to adequately divide the families between the two masses. There would also be turnaround and parking issues as such masses run longer than usual.


I understand that this will inconvenience some families.  For that I am truly and deeply sorry.  I will not make the same mistake again. 


Hopefully a week's notice will give you time enough to make any necessary adjustments to your plans.


If you have any questions please contact me at the parish office (613-829-1760).  Once again my apologies over this situation.







Father Lindsay Harrison


St John the Apostle Church