The preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a two year program which meets weekly between September and May, beginning in the 1st grade. The purpose of the first year of formation is to give the students a basic foundation of faith. Curriculum for the 1st grade covers the basics of our faith to include the great love God has for them, the story of the Fall and the story of God’s fulfillment of the promise of a Savior, and that it is through Jesus that we have forgiveness of our sins. The children will also grow to understand how to live the two great laws of love, become familiar with the Paschal Mystery and will move forward in their journey to live as loving, active members of the Church.
During year two of formation the students will study from Reconciliation and Eucharist specific text in preparation for reception of both sacraments. First Reconciliation is typically celebrated in December of the second year of preparation. Parents and children will come together in a prayer service followed by individual confessions for each child. In the spring there will be a Saturday morning First Communion retreat as a part of preparation for the sacrament. This retreat is made possible with the help of the parents. The Sacrament of First Eucharist is then celebrated during the Easter season.