First Reconciliation & First Communion

As Catholic Christian parents we have the awesome responsibility of being the primary educators in our child’s faith development. We bring our child into the Church in Baptism so that they may begin their journey in faith with the blessings of the waters of Baptism. If your child is in Grade 2 in the Catholic School, our Parish School of Religion or Home School, and has attended for at least two year, he/she is eligible for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.

All children in Grade 2 will receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion. Preparation for these two sacraments began in Grade 1 and will continue through their reception in the spring of their Second Grade year.

In order to prepare our children for the gifts of these sacraments, we must prepare ourselves. Due to COVID 19, we will be proceeding a little differently than we have in the past.  The Fall Parent Meeting will be suspended at this time.  We encourage all parents of children making these important sacraments to take time in prayer for their child and to refresh their knowledge and understanding of these sacraments.  Please do everything you can to help prepare your child for these blessed sacraments.

Our 2nd graders, being prepared for these sacraments at Bishop John King Mussio Elementary, in the Catholic Faith Formation Programs of Faith & Life or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or in a homeschool program, will receive these sacraments in their home parish.

Registration begins now for the sacrament.  Applications can be found in the navigation menu under “Forms.” Please send both the Sacraments Application Form and a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate. These two forms can be sent in one of three ways:

  • Mail: P. O. Box 908, Steubenville, OH 43952
  • Email: barbara@catholicfaithformation.org
  • Drop Off:  Triumph of the Cross Offices on Rosemont Ave.

The dates for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Communion have not be set yet.  As soon as we know, we will let all of the families know.

We hope that we can provide a Sacrament Retreat for the children as we have in the past.  We will not make any decisions on these retreats until the Governor gives us further guidelines.  Please try to keep the two Saturdays after Easter free just in case we get the go ahead for these retreats.

Confirmation

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the Spirit of holy fear in God’s presence. Guard what you have received. God our Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your heart.[3]

In order to complete the Sacraments of Initiation, the Candidate must receive Confirmation for the completion of baptismal grace. (CCC 185)  Hopefully, Confirmation will be celebrated for 5th Grade students in the Spring of 2021. Candidates for Confirmation are those who have been attending Catholic School, our Parish School of Religion, or participated in a homeschool program approved by the Pastor since the reception of First Communion.  We will also accept as Candidates anyone who has moved into the area who were prepared by their former parish.

Confirmation Preparation Sessions are suspended until the Bishop gives us some guidance on his plans for the reception of the sacrament in the spring.  We hope to be able to gather together for some preparation for the sacrament with the Candidates and their sponsors.  We encourage everyone to prayer for our Candidates over the next several months in anticipation of this beautiful Sacrament of Confirmation.

Letters will be sent as soon as we have some clarity to proceed with preparation.