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, Public School or Home School, he/she is eligible for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

All children in Grade 2 will receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Preparation for these two sacraments began in Kindergarten 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. Therefore, there are two Parent meetings scheduled throughout the year to help in this endeavor and they are all held in Holy Rosary Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.

  • The first Sacrament Parents’ Meeting will be held for Holy Family, Triumph of the Cross, Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes Parishes on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Holy Rosary Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.
  • The second Sacrament Parents’ Meeting will be held for Holy Family, Triumph of the Cross, Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes Parishes on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Holy Rosary Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.

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. Thus, the parents of these children in all the programs come together for these required parent meetings.

For the first Sacraments meeting on October 16, 2018, please come prepared with the Sacraments Application form completed and a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate. Applications can be found in the navigation menu under “Forms”. Bring the Completed Application to the meeting on October 16th.


Children receiving the Sacraments are required to attend one of the Sacrament Retreats:  9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Holy Family Malara Hall from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Holy Family Malara Hall from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.

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)  Confirmation will be celebrated for 5th Grade students in the Spring of 2018. 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.

Confirmation Preparation Sessions are held for the Candidate and his/her Sponsor or Parent.  We encourage an adult to be present with the Candidate at each session except the Retreat.  The first session is for Parents and/or Sponsors ONLY on Sunday October 21, 2018 at Holy Rosary Auditorium at 5:45 p.m.  The Registration process will begin at this session.  We will provide a calendar of the remaining dates at that meeting. View the Confirmation form under “Forms” in the navigation menu.

Celebration of Confirmation:

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ Triumph of the Cross Parish 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 @ Blessed Sacrament Parish 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 @ Holy Family Parish 2:30 p.m.

Celebration of First Penance:

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 @  Holy Family 10 a.m. for the following Parishes:  Blessed Sacrament Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Triumph of the Cross Parish, and Holy Family Parish

Celebration of First Eucharist:

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ Triumph of the Cross Parish 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ Blessed Sacrament Parish 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ Holy Family Parish 2:30 p.m.