First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Our First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation program begins in Grade 1 and continues into Grade 2, in either our traditional Faith Formation classes, or in the Family Arts Based Program. Typically, children receive these sacraments in the spring of 2nd grade. We recognize the uniqueness of each child, and understand that these two sacraments may happen at times other than 2nd grade, depending on the child’s individual needs. Please contact Lara Ericson, Director of Faith Formation, about the timing of these sacraments for your child/ren if you have any questions.

Families may register their child/ren for these sacraments in the fall when they register for Faith Formation. Families who have their children enrolled in Catholic schools need only register for “Sacramental Preparation Only” in 2nd grade. Because your child/ren receive formal religious education as part of their school curriculum, we do not require that they participate in our weekly Faith Formation Program, though they are more than welcome to do so.

Above all, it is our expectation that families are active participants in our Sunday liturgies throughout the year. Additional preparation for these two sacraments includes a parent/child catechesis retreat prior to the reception of the sacraments. First Reconciliation generally occurs during Lent. First Eucharist occurs the first two Saturdays in May and on Sunday during May for the Latino community. First Eucharist preparation also includes a rehearsal the Thursday before your child/ren’s First Eucharist celebration. Families are able to select the First Eucharist celebration in which they would like to participate at the beginning of the Faith Formation program year.