First Reconciliation & First Eucharist

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 jmannarino@sjcmmd.org, or stop by.

Register Online Now for Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

You will be taken to the form for registering for our Faith and Life program. Sacramental preparation registration is part of that form since regular faith formation classes are required for children preparing for these sacraments. If your child attends Catholic school, there is a place to select preparation only.

Please register by Monday, July 31st, 2017 to ensure there’s a place for you!

(If you need help registering or don’t have internet access, please call 301.663.0907, email James Mannarino, or stop by the office.)

Want to teach? Help?  We are always eager to welcome more people to support each other and our children on the faith journey! If you are interested in sharing your gifts by being a lead catechist, an assistant, a substitute, a class parent, helping out with retreats or special projects, or helping in the office, please click the appropriate link below! You would be amazed at what the Lord can do through you if you just give Him a chance!

Teaching the Faith: Our Catechists                  Faith Formation Support

Did you know? Every lead and assistant catechist will receive free tuition for all their children

Tuition amounts are shown in the payment section of the online registration form. No one will ever be turned away based on inability to pay. Please contact James Mannarino to learn more.

Reconciliation crossIn preparation for First Reconciliation, children will learn about the Mercy of our Heavenly Father. They’ll learn about the Ten Commandments, what sin is, how to tell the difference between right and wrong, and how to go to Confession to receive God’s forgiveness.

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.

 eucharist-1-w220-h560Preparation 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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