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

Resource Links

Confirmation Preparation Page

First Reconciliation Preparation

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)

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 First Communion:

Parent-Only Session: Sunday, February 21 from 3:00-4:30pm (for parents only)

Tom Quinlan, Director of the St. Joseph Education Center, will lead this session with you, the parent, in mind. Our priests consider this parent session essential and expect all to participate. Join in person from the church or virtually via SFA’s YouTube Channel.

Parent & Child First Communion Workshop: Saturday, April 10 or Sunday, April 11 (for parent and child)

In-person event for child and parent to practice receiving the Eucharist, make a First Communion banner, and take a self-guided church tour.

To monitor numbers, we ask for only one parent to attend per child. Parents will select one time shown below through an online sign-up. Watch for an email sharing more information.

  • Saturday, April 10 from 10—11:30 a.m. or 1—2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 11 from 2—3:30 p.m. or 4—5:30 p.m.

Celebration of Sacrament of First Communion: Sunday, April 18, Sunday April 25, or Sunday May 2

First Communion Masses are held in the church.

  • Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m.-Mrs. Kock’s students
  • Sunday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m.-Mrs. Waters’ students
  • Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.-Mrs. Tigges’ students
  • Sunday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m.-Together in Faith students*
  • Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m.-Together in Faith students*
  • Sunday, May 2 at 4 p.m.-Together in Faith students*

*For Together in Faith families, a SignUp Genius will be created closer to the date. Each family will select their preferred Mass date and time. Watch for continued correspondence via email.

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

Together in Faith Sacrament Preparation

Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is part of Together in Faith. There are seven sessions for you and your child to complete over the course of seven weeks in preparation for the Sacrament of First Communion. Each session is meant to be explored together with your child beginning with some vocabulary that might be unfamiliar.

  • Intentionally schedule and honor a time each week to focus on one session. Begin each session in prayer.
  • Attending Mass each week is important. This helps your child become aware and familiar with the different parts of the Liturgy. Ask your child to watch for something different each week and then discuss after Mass.
  • Cherish this time and share in the joy of the mystery of the Mass!

Teaching Mass: Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. (for parent and child)

Your household is invited to attend a teaching Mass just for Together in Faith sacrament prep families! Our priests will concelebrate Mass, stopping along the way to “show and tell” why we do what we do during Mass. Join us in person in the Church. Note: attendance will fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation.

Digital copy of the First Communion Preparation Guide:

Entire Together in Faith First Communion Preparation Guide

Session #1 (February 7-13): How many Sacraments are there?

Session #2 (February 14-20): What is the Eucharist?

  • Watch The Veil Removed
  • Parents, The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by Scripture and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Learn more at

Session #3 (February 21-27): Jesus Cares for us and for all people

Session #4 (February 28-March 6): We celebrate the gift of the Eucharist at the Last Supper

Session #5 (March 7 at 2:00pm): Attend a teaching Mass

Session #6 (March 21-26): What do you believe?

Session #7 (March 28-April 3): How to receive your First Holy Communion

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Schmidt, Director of Faith Formation, or call the Faith Formation Office at 515-440-1030.