First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Our First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation program is open to students in Grade 2 and above and is conducted in both English and Spanish. The expectation is that a child entering this program has been baptized and has already participated in at least one year of Faith Formation. If your child has not yet been baptized, please contact Lara Ericson, Director of Faith Formation, at ericsonl@bc.edu or 617-552-6105 prior to registering them for First Eucharist.

Typically, children prepare over the course of 2nd grade and receive these sacraments in the spring. We recognize the uniqueness of each child and understand that this may happen later than 2nd grade, depending on the child’s individual needs and the family’s situation. It is never too late for your child to begin preparing to receive the sacraments. Please contact us about the timing of these sacraments for your child if you have any questions.

Families may register their child 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 “Catholic School Students - First Eucharist Prep” in 2nd grade. Because your child receives 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 and classroom instruction throughout the year. Consistent class attendance is required in order for a child to be on track to receive the sacraments. Please consider a child’s sport and extracurricular schedule and ensure that your family can commit to the Faith Formation program at this time. If there are other circumstances that might impact your child’s attendance, please contact us upon registering so that we can make necessary arrangements. After three unexplained absences, families will be contacted about their child’s wellbeing and the family’s intention to remain in the Faith Formation program.

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 on the first two Saturdays in May in English and on a Sunday during May in Spanish. First Eucharist preparation also includes a mandatory rehearsal prior to your child’s First Eucharist celebration. Families are asked to select the First Eucharist celebration in which they would like to participate at the beginning of the Faith Formation program year.

There are several class times from which to choose for your child’s preparation:

Sunday, 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (in English and in Spanish)

First Eucharist Schedule

To begin the registration process, click here.