First Communion 2018

Sacrament Preparation-First Reconciliation and First Communion

What an exciting time in your child’s faith life! The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion are typically celebrated during the child’s 2nd grade school year. Children enrolled at St. Francis of Assisi School will receive sacrament preparation during their religion classes. All other children will receive their sacrament preparation through Together in Faith.

All parents, regardless of where their children are receiving sacrament preparation, will need to attend a parent meeting and retreat (with child) for each sacrament. Details about these dates are below.

If your child is older than 2nd grade and you desire for your child to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Communion, please reach out to Lisa Schmidt, Director of Faith Formation, at or call the Faith Formation Office at 440-1030.

Resource Links

Confirmation Preparation Page

5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Reconciliation

Preparing Students for Reconciliation

Episode 4-The Sacrament of Confession with Brother Francis

How Do I Go to Confession?

2020-21 Sacramental Calendar (First Reconciliation and First Communion)

For each sacrament there is a parent meeting, parent/child retreat, and celebration of the Sacrament.

2020-21 Sacrament Calendar

Key Dates for Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Parent Meeting: Sunday, October 11 (for parents only)

A replay of the meeting is at this link.

Retreat: Sunday, November 8 (for parent and child)

  • Virtual retreat for the parent and child. A replay of the retreat is at this link.
  • A “Retreat in a Bag” was prepared for you and is available in the Parish Hall for you to pick up. The activities in the bag can be completed at home when convenient for your family.

Celebration of Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday, December 5 OR Sunday, December 6

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held in the church.

To monitor numbers for social distancing, parents will select one date and time through an online sign-up at this link:

  • Saturday, December 5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 5 from 1-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 6 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 6 from 4-5 p.m.

Sacrament Information & Fee

Certain sacramental information is needed for us to complete the St. Francis of Assisi First Communion sacrament registry. The baptismal certificate does not always contain these details, so we will need this information from each student via a Google Form.

Please complete the following steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Fill out the Google Form with the required sacrament information.
  3. With your permission on the Google Form, the $25 sacrament preparation fee will be charged to your FACTS account mid-November.

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Schmidt, Director of Faith Formation, at or call the Faith Formation Office at 440-1030.

Together in Faith Sacrament Preparation

Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is part of Together in Faith. Each sacrament will have several “Focus” topics for the child to complete as they learn about the Sacrament. We recommend completing one Focus each week in order to prepare for the Sacrament. Each Focus can be done as a family or child and parent together. There is discussion involved, so it is best for a parent to work with the child through this preparation. If you or your child have questions, please reach out to the Faith Formation Office for guidance.

Watch this video of Chris Van Kirk, Youth Faith Formation Coordinator, explaining the Sacrament Prep program.

Each child will receive The Catholic Children’s Bible. This is theirs to keep, so please feel free to have them put their name in it and mark in it.

All children, along with their families, are encouraged to pray the Act of Contrition. You can also pray the Act of Contrition with this video of catechist Tara Duffy

Digital copies of the Reconciliation Prep Guide:

Entire Together in Faith Reconciliation Preparation Guide

Focus #1: I Will Follow the 10 Commandments That God Gave Us

Focus #2: I Will Make Good Decisions and Do the Right Thing

Focus #3: I Will Say I Am Sorry When I Make Bad Decisions

Focus #4: I Know Jesus Loves Me and Forgives Me

Focus #5: I Say Sorry to Jesus During Reconciliation

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Schmidt, Director of Faith Formation, at or call the Faith Formation Office at 440-1030.