First Communion & Reconciliation
Reconciliation involves contrition, confession to a priest, absolution by the priest, and penance. After making an examination of conscience, the penitent confesses his/her sins to the priest, who is the minister of Christ’s mercy. The intent of this sacrament is to provide healing for the soul as well as to regain the grace of God, lost by sin.
Weekly and by Appointment at Your Convenience
There are weekly celebrations of the sacrament in church every Wednesday at 6:15 pm. If it is not possible for an individual to come at that time, he or she should feel free to call one of the parish priests to arrange an appointment. The priests are more than happy to do this.
“At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ become Christ's Body and Blood." Catechism of the Catholic Church 1333
One of the most important moments in the life of your child is receiving First Communion.
Before one receives Holy Communion, it is appropriate to bow before the Sacred Host or Chalice, because the bread and wine have truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. After the priest or minister says, “The Body of Christ” or “The Blood of Christ,” we respond, “Amen,” and receive the Body of Christ on the tongue or in the hand, consuming it immediately. The Blood of Christ we drink, holding the chalice reverently and returning it to the priest or minister.
- "Children begin their preparation for first reconciliation and first Communion or first Eucharist when they have reached the age of reasoning, 7 years of age, by November. If the parish decides that children at this age are not ready, they are delayed until the next year. "
- Children and their parents are regular participants at Sunday Mass. Children should take part in regular Christian Formatin programs for at least a year before preparing for these sacraments.
- Parents work with their children at home and take part in group meetings. Parents are provided with materials and guidance to help them.