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posted Nov 6, 2020, 6:20 AM by Stephen Gay

2020 Registration for First Communion and Confirmation 

St. John the Apostle Parish 


Dear Parents/Guardians: 


On November 29th of this year St. John the Apostle Parish will be having registration for those children in Grade 2 who are eligible to receive their First Confession and First Holy Communion (They must have been baptized or received into the Roman Catholic Church and have reached age seven by the date of their actual First Communion).  If a Catholic child is in a higher grade but has not yet received their First Communion, they too may be registered. 


We will also be registering those children in Grade 6 who are eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation (They must have been baptized or received into the Roman Catholic Church).  If a Catholic child is in a higher grade but has not yet received their Confirmation, they too may be registered. 


The child must reside in the geographic boundaries of St. John the Apostle Parish or regularly attend church here in order to register for these sacraments. 


Children not in the Catholic school system (i.e. those in public or private schools, or homeschooled) will need to take instruction through the parish before receiving these sacraments.  If your child fits into this category our instructors will be at the Registration Meeting on Nov. 29th to talk about Sacramental Preparation or will contact you at a later date with further details.   


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are accepting registration by one of three methods: 


  1. Parental attendance at the Registration meeting being held at the church (2340 Baseline Road) on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 at 1:00pm for First Communion and 2:00pm for Confirmation.  Bring a hardcopy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate.  Masks and social distancing are required. 
  2. By filling out the online Registration Form ( and emailing it to the parish office with an attached copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate on or before November 29th.  Email address:
  3. By postal mail of the Registration Form and a photocopy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate to the parish office (St. John the Apostle Parish, 2340 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON, K2C 0C9).  This should be mailed at least one week before Nov. 29th 


Due to the uncertainty as to what restrictions may or may not be in place next year due to COVID-19, at this time exact dates for First Confession/Communion and Confirmation have yet to be established.  Suffice to say that First Confession will likely be during Lent 2021 and First Communion and Confirmation is intended for the 2021 Easter season. Dates will be firmed up well in advance of the actual sacraments.  Sorry about any inconvenience this may cause.  At the Registration Meeting on Sunday, November 29 further explanation and information will be given. 


If you have any questions please feel free to contact the parish office via phone (613-829-1760). 


Thank you, 


Rev. Lindsay Harrison