Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion


Daily conversion and penance find their source and nourishment in the Eucharist, for in it is made present the sacrifice of Christ which has reconciled us with God. Through the Eucharist those who live from the life of Christ are fed and strengthened. “It is a remedy to free us from our daily faults and to preserve us from mortal sins.” CCC1436

St. Rita Catholic Parish prepares students, both in Elementary Faith Formation and St. Rita Catholic School, for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Although it primarily occurs in 2nd grade, any student in a higher grade can prepare for the sacraments.

“The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ . . . In
brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith
” (CCC 1324, 1327).

First Reconciliation, celebrated before the First Holy Communion, prepares the children to reconcile with themselves, with the community and with God. Every Advent and Lent, we are encouraged to go to Reconciliation, and it is offered every Saturday evening.

In the sacrament of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ fully present.When children make their First Holy Communion, they receive the Eucharist for the first time. It is in this sacrament that they come to the table as members of the faith community, ready to dine at the table of the Lord.

These Sacraments are administered through the parish. There will be an informational meeting October 8, 2020. We will discuss the parent and candidate’s responsibilities as well as the proposed calendar. After the meeting, if you would like your child to receive these sacraments, please click on the “Register For Sacraments” and the parish staff will be in contact. The candidate must have two consecutive years of faith formation either in a Catholic school or in a faith formation program in order to receive the sacraments.

If you have any questions about the preparation or the sacraments or if you would like to be invited to the informational meeting, please email the Elementary Faith Formation Coordinator, Louellen Tschopp at [email protected].

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