FIRST RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION
In addition to preparation provided by the Catholic School Grade 2 program, our pastoral team helps prepare families for this sacramental celebration.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation or ‘confession’ is Jesus’ recognition that we are humans. Archdiocesan Sacramental Standards Additional Resources (PDF, primarily for teachers)
When we are baptized, our original sin is washed away and we receive the Grace of Christian Initiation. But Jesus knew that many would forget their Baptismal promises and may fall into sin.
Since His mercy is infinite, it is natural that He would provide a way to receive His Grace through the heartfelt and mindful confession of the sins, and genuine want for forgiveness through prayer and penance.
Holy Communion is when a person receives the body and blood of Jesus Christ (Holy Eucharist) in the form of bread and wine.
After one is baptized in the Catholic Church, they continue their growth in the life of faith by receiving other sacraments when they are at the appropriate age. At the age of 7, a child can go through the process of preparing for First Reconciliation and then First Communion.
First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Eucharist, by eating consecrated bread and drinking consecrated wine. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason.
At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, Jesus Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to the Church a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1323).
The Eucharist is considered “the source and summit of the Christian life,” around which the other sacraments and ministries are oriented. During the Mass, we receive the body and blood of Christ (the Eucharist) into ourselves in the form of consecrated bread and wine.
FIRST COMMUNION REGISTRATION: 2024
Registration for this program is closed as classes have begun.
The registration for this sacrament will reopen in Sept 2024.
Your child must be in Grade 2 or older to register next year.