First Reconciliation and Holy Communion
First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion. CCC 1422
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. CCC 1322
"The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life." The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch. CCC 1324
A child's celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are special times. In addition to learning about these sacraments in the Catholic School or in the Religious Education program, it is important that children prepare at home with parents (guardians) as well.
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is accomplished through parish and home activities. Parents are asked to attend a parent session in the fall (for Reconciliation) and the spring (for Eucharist). Parents and children also are asked to attend a retreat held before the celebration of these special sacraments.
For more information on these sacraments, please contact the Director of Faith Formation at the parish office.