First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are important times
in your child’s life!
If your baptized child is at least seven years old and attended a faith formation program or Catholic school last year, we welcome you to enroll them for preparation this year along with their faith formation program.
Is my Child Ready to Prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist?
How do I know if my child is eligible to prepare for a sacrament?
A child preparing for Eucharist must be at least seven years of age and be baptized. He or she must have attended a structured faith formation program (or Catholic school) the prior year and currently attend a faith formation program or an accredited Catholic School. A child must prepare for Reconciliation prior to preparing for Eucharist.
What if my child is attending a parochial school?
Your son or daughter must prepare for the sacrament with the parish that your family is registered with, not with the school they attend.
What if my child already attends a Faith Formation program, isn’t that good enough?
Archdiocesan guidelines state that preparation for a sacrament is in addition or stands alone from any regular faith formation program.
What if I’m not sure my child is ready to prepare for these sacraments? If you would like to talk with James about this or any concerns you have, you are welcome to call (301.663.0907, x3012), email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by.
Please register by Monday, July 31st, 2017 to ensure there’s a place for you!
Our First Reconciliation service will be held on Saturday, October 28th, at 9 am in the church. A mandatory retreat will be held on Saturday, October 7th.
Preparation for First Eucharist includes learning that the bread and wine really and truly become Jesus – His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity! Your children will become familiar with the parts of the Mass, learn about the Last Supper, and get to know St. Tarcisius and Blessed Imelda, the patrons of First Holy Communicants.
Families may choose for their child to have First Eucharist at our group Mass on Saturday, May 5, at 10 am or during one of our regular weekend Masses (specific dates that are available will be published soon). For all children, a mandatory retreat is scheduled for Saturday, April 14.
To prepare for these sacraments, families must be registered in our parish and the child must be enrolled in faith formation through the parish or be attending Catholic school.
The fee for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation is $75.
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