First Communion 2018

Sacrament Preparation-First Reconciliation and First Holy 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.

Online registration for 2021-2022 is closed as we prepare the online registration for 2022-2023.

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, or call the Faith Formation Office at 515-440-1030.

Helpful links

Important dates for First Reconciliation & First Communion

Volunteer Registration

FACTS (For Faith Formation Payment)

FACTS Instructions (PDF)

2021-22 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Sacramental Prep

Once in second grade, children seven years of age and older are eligible to begin preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at St. Francis of Assisi. Through our new Family Formation program, we are committed to giving parents, the first educators in the faith, the tools to help raise children in the Catholic faith. As parents journey with their children, the First Sacraments program also invites the opportunity for a deeper appreciation of the sacraments for the entire family.

The first half of the First Sacraments program year focuses on preparation for First Reconciliation; the second half focuses on preparation for First Holy Communion. 

Key Elements of Preparation:

  • Regular worship at Sunday Mass. Cultivating a commitment of attending Sunday Mass is the best preparation parents can do in helping children prepare for the sacraments. The Mass calls us to be disciples of Jesus Christ, nourishes us for that task, and then sends us forth to practice our faith in the coming week.
  • Student participation in classroom lessons either through Family Formation monthly sessions or enrollment in our parish school
  • Parent participation in sacramental preparation parent meetings
  • Parent/child participation in First Reconciliation and First Communion retreats
  • Completion of home lessons with the family. We recognize what goes on in your home is an important part of the preparation for receiving the sacraments. We also recognize families are tremendously busy these days. Our goal is to assist families in making sacramental preparation an enjoyable part of everyday life.


All parish children who wish to receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at St. Francis of Assisi must be enrolled with the Faith Formation Office.

The fee for sacramental preparation is $50/family. This fee covers the cost of materials for the home lessons. If paying the registration fee presents a hardship for your family, please note that in the registration form.

Payment will be applied to your family’s account after October 12 through the parish’s FACTS payment system. If you do not have a SFA FACTS account, please review FACTS Instructions (PDF) for the steps to set one up.

Resource Links

Confirmation Preparation Page

Kids Explain the Holy Eucharist

Kid-friendly explanation of each line of the Lord’s Prayer

The Seven Sacraments (a 5-minute refresher for parents)