Reconciliation: The sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing which “brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection,’ restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is the friendship with God” (CCC 1468). Children first receive this sacrament during the winter of their second grade year, prior to First Communion. Parents share, with their child’s religion teacher, the responsibility of preparing their children for the reception of this and all sacraments. A mandatory First Reconciliation meeting is held to assist parents in preparing their child for reception of Reconciliation. The date for this event can be found on the yearly calendar.
Eucharist: Jesus, the “living bread,” is present in the Eucharist, “the heart and summit of the Church’s life.” (CCC 1407). At the beginning of the school year, parents of second graders who were not baptized at St. John Neumann should provide a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate. Focused classroom sacramental preparation begins after the children’s reception of First Reconciliation. A mandatory First Eucharist meeting is held to assist parents in preparing their child for reception of the sacrament.
First Reconciliation and First Communion consists of a two-year preparation requirement. Attendance in our 1st grade religious education classes or enrollment at St. John Neumann School is a necessary component to the preparation and reception of the two sacraments in the 2nd grade. Ideally, preparation for reception of these sacraments begins in Kindergarten with a basic understanding of religious doctrine and continues throughout the 2nd grade year.
Attendance in religious education classes is vital to the faith formation of a child in preparation of the reception of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
If your child is beyond the second grade and has not received the sacrament of First Reconciliation or First Communion, please contact the Office of Religious Education at 966-4540.