First Reconciliation and Communion
The sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion are central parts of the Catholic faith!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers us God’s forgiveness when we confess our sins to a priest.
Holy Communion is receiving the real and physical presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist!
In preparing children to receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, we are preparing them not only to receive these Sacraments that First time but to receive them regularly as an essential part of a happy, healthy, holy and eternal-lifelong relationship with God!
Children generally prepare for and receive these beautiful Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in Second Grade. St. Charles School Children do most of their preparations during school time. St. Charles Religious Education students do most of their preparations during their Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Sessions.
Requirements for All Families:
During this Sacramental year, all parents of First Communicants (both school and Religious Education) need to:
Submit a copy of their child’s Baptismal Certificate to the Children’s Discipleship Office.
Have at least one parent attend one zoom meeting in October and one zoom meeting in January to go over preparations, logistics and much more.
Families should attend the Blessing of First Communicants in November, where children receive a special blessing and the opportunity to connect with a prayer partner during their time of preparation.
Please prioritize these important dates and be especially attentive and responsive to all communications from our Children’s Discipleship Office. (It can be helpful to add our email – firstname.lastname@example.org – to your email contacts.)
Extra Requirements for Religious Education Families:
Children preparing to receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are required to attend one First Reconciliation Retreat Night and one First Communion Retreat Night in the Spring.
Please visit our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd page for information on how to register your child for Religious Education.