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. We will begin the Registration Process with a First Reconciliation Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Holy Rosary Auditorium at 7 p.m.  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 an approved homeschool program, will receive these sacraments in their Home Parish.

Registration begins at the Parent Meeting on October 19th.  Please bring the Registration Form found on this website in the navigation menu under “Forms.” Please bring both the Sacraments Application Form and a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate. These two forms should be presented at the Parent Meeting.


Celebration of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation 2022:

Blessed Sacrament/Our Lady of Lourdes – Saturday, March 12 @ 11:30 a.m.
Holy Family Parish – Saturday, March 12 @ 10 a.m.
Triumph of the Cross Parish- Saturday, March 12 @1 p.m.

Celebration of the Sacrament of First Communion 2022:

Blessed Sacrament/Our Lady of Lourdes – Sunday, May 1st @ 11:00 a.m.
Holy Family Parish – Sunday, May 1 @ 2:30 p.m.
Triumph of the Cross Parish- Saturday, April 30 @ 5:30 p.m.

We will be holding two First Communion Retreats for the children as we have in the past.  The children will only have to attend 1. We will discuss these at the Parent Meeting.

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 2022. Candidates for Confirmation are those who have been attending Catholic School, our Parish School of Religion, or participated in an approved 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 have been happening in our Catholic School religion classes and our Parish School of Religion over the past several years. one 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.