First Reconciliation

Parents have the wonderful responsibility of teaching their children in partnership with our faith community the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. We begin the process with an invitation to parents and godparents to a special breakfast and speaker while their child is still in the first grade. The presentation covers ways to begin the process of preparing your child for these sacraments. Topics covered: Prayer, Child Moral Development, and Sacrament Update.

The Archdiocesan policy states that the preparation and the reception of First Reconciliation should precede the preparation and reception of First Eucharist. Students who have one year of Religious Education through the parish faith formation program or school will be invited to participate in the sacramental preparation in grade 2 for First Reconciliation and First Communion.

The sacrament of God’s love and forgiveness, Reconciliation (also referred to as Penance or Confession) begins its preparation in late summer. The process begins with an invitation to parents to an Orientation Meeting to learn about the preparation program. Preparation includes: three, 1-hour family gatherings that are offered to the students and families who are preparing for the sacrament. The structure of the gatherings is prayer, blessing of the children, and formation. After the opening prayer, children are dismissed for their ongoing formation about Reconciliation while parents stay in the Church for their ongoing formation about the sacrament. Parents and children will work together in completing a book.

The goal of the Reconciliation preparation program is to help students and their parents experience God’s unconditional love for them through the sacrament of Reconciliation

Children who have completed one year of religious education are invited to prepare for the sacrament of reconciliation. Students who are ready to participate in the sacrament will do so in the fall of the year.

For more information, please call Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education, at 410-592-6206, ext. 107, or email to: konitzermt@sjehydes.org.