Communion Outfit Collection

The Archdiocese of Newark is holding its third annual collection of new and gently used communion outfits. First Communion is usually celebrated when children are between the ages of seven and eight. It marks the first day on which a child is admitted to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, the sacrament that unites us to Christ throughout our lives. A child’s First Communion is a special day for any family, and the Archdiocese of Newark is helping make sure financial hardship does not stand in the way of it being as special as it can be. 

The Office of Development and Stewardship is collecting new or gently used, in good condition, Communion dresses/veils, suits and shoes for our inner city parishes, the Religious Sisters at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart who know families in need, and any parishioner in need of one for their child. Last year more than 400 dresses and 200 suits were distributed. 

All items can be dropped off at the Archdiocesan Center, 171 Clifton Avenue, Newark, NJ now through Friday, April 1 between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The outfits will be distributed in April. 

If your parish is in need of communion outfit(s) or would like to participate by collecting communion outfits please contact Tatiana Paredes at or 973-497-4046 or Lynn Gully at or 973-497-4589. 

Please make sure all outfits are free of stains and clean.