Our preparation process is driven by a child’s readiness and includes all elementary-aged children, 2nd grade and up, who have completed one full year of RE classes and whose parents think they may be ready this year. There is no extra fee, so parents who find that their child is not yet ready can wait another year while the child grows in their ability to understand the sacraments.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation is home-centered, which means that parents work with their child at home as well as attend the preparation classes here at the church with the child. There are 4 classes and a parent/child retreat for First Reconciliation and 6 plus a workshop for First Eucharist, offered at 3 different times during the week, to make the classes accessible to many family situations.
The celebration of First Reconciliation normally takes place in November, before Thanksgiving. First Eucharist is normally celebrated the first weekend of May at all Masses. Mass times are assigned based on class time.
~ Appropriate grade level classes are required during the two year preparation process. Home study is only available during these years if your family home-schools for academic subjects as well. Children must attend at least 2/3 of RE classes each of the two years, which allows 8 absences each year.
~ The director will verify attendance of all children in a previous year of instruction. If you have moved to our parish recently, welcome! Please provide a brief letter or email from the previous parish noting your child’s attendance in an appropriate religious formation program as soon as possible.
~Mass attendance is an absolute requirement for all children preparing to celebrate a sacrament. If your child is missing all or part of Mass on a regular basis, other than for very serious reasons, you will be asked to come back for classes another year when the Mass attendance requirement is being met.
Please complete the registration form at the link below. Download, print, and/or write down the dates on the calendar on your preferred family calendar.