First Communion

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St. Paul of the Cross celebrates the sacraments as one community, with the Catechesis Program and SPC School celebrating together!

Communion Information for 2022-2023:

 St. Paul, in compliance with the policy and procedure of The Archdiocese of Chicago, has two parent meetings that you are expected to attend, one for Reconciliation and one for First Communion each are one hour.

 Required Communion Parent Meeting is January 17 @ 7:00 pm in Holy Family Chapel (HFC is the basement of the church) – enter through the double doors off of Washington parking lot.

THE MEETING BEGINS PROMPTLY, so please arrive about ten minute early as you will need to check-in for attendance purposes.  

Attendance will be taken, information will be emailed to those that did not attend, after January 17, on how to make up the meeting. Only one parent need attend. If you need to bring your child, please bring something to occupy them and please do not bring any food or drinks.

We assign the Communion and the Communion Retreat your child will be in by the class they are in.  If the date you have received conflicts with your calendar, you may email the Office for Catechesis to see if a change is possible.  If a change is not possible, we will place you on a waiting list.  However, even with our very large number of students, we try to be as accommodating as possible

Communion Retreats

Time: 9:00 am – approximately 11:30 am  Location: SPC Campus

Additional details will be provided at the Communion Meeting in January. 

Under each date are the classes/Teachers’ Names that are scheduled for that date

March 11

Mrs. Poole (Ms. Caronia)  ~  Mrs. Cataudella  ~  Mrs. Galvin  ~  Ms. Guerrero  ~  Mrs. McCallister  

April 1

Mrs. Alicea  ~  Mrs. McCall  ~  Mrs. Officer  ~  Directed Study Program  ~  Good Shepherd Program

Worship Program  ~  All Abilities Program  ~  Other Grades


Under each date are the classes/Teachers’ Names that are scheduled for that date




May 6 @ 10:00 / Practice 5/2 @ 4 (Upper Church)

Ms. Guerrero ~ Directed Study Program

May 6 @ 1:00 / Practice 5/4 @ 4 (Upper Church)

Mrs. Galvin ~ Mrs. McCall ~ Good Shepherd Program ~ All Abilities Program ~ Other Grades

May 13 @ 10:00 / Practice 5/9 @ 4 (Upper Church)

Mrs. Poole (Ms. Caronia) ~ Mrs. McCallister ~ Worship Program

May 13 @ 1:00 / Practice 5/11 @ 4 (Upper Church)

Mrs. Alicea ~ Mrs. Cataudella ~ Mrs. Officer

Change Requests for the date of your child’s Communion must be made by March 17 – after that dates changes will not be allowed.

Sacrament Fee

There is a  $70 Communion/Reconciliation Fee, for each child receiving the sacraments. It is paid by both Catechesis families and School families.

Catechesis Families, please include the $70 Sacrament Fee with your tuition (see Tuition/Fees link on the Registration page of this website).

School families this $70 Sacrament Fee is NOT in your school fees and should be paid by check or using our online payment option (accepts credit cards or electronic checks) on GiveCentral  Click Here to Pay Sacrament Fee Online



Please follow the link below for the Banner Directions:

Communion Banner Directions



The Communions for 2021-2022 were livestreamed. About two weeks after the Communions the families will receive a link to an HD video. Below are the live stream links that are still available to watch:

Live Stream May 7 @ 10:30 First Communion Mass

Live Stream May 7 @ 2:00 First Communion Mass

Live Stream May 14 @ 10:30 First Communion Mass

Live Stream May 14 @ 2:00 First Communion Mass



The First Communions for 2020-2021 were live streamed and the video will remain up on Tom Killoran Photography’s Facebook page. You do not need Facebook to view the videos.

To see the videos – below are specific links to some of the Communions and you can see the others by going to Tom Killoran’s general Facebook Video page:

Tom Killoran’s Facebook Video page

Click Here for May 15 @ 10:30 link

Click Here for May 15 @ 2:00 link

Click Here for May 16 @ 1:00 link

Click Here for May 8 @ 10:30 link

Click Here for May 8 @ 2:00 link



Click Here for Aug 1 @ 9 Mass Video

Click Here for Aug 1 @ 12 Mass Video

Click Here for Aug 8 @ 9 Mass Video

Click Here for Aug 8 @ 12 Mass Video