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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. 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 call the Faith Formation Office at: 515-440-1030.

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2023-24 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Sacramental Prep

Click on the graphic to learn what Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion looks like.

Sacraments program outline


All parish children who wish to receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at St. Francis of Assisi must register with the Faith Formation Office and are required to be enrolled in Family Formation, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or St. Francis School.

Registration closed August 20. If you still need to register, please contact Heather in our Faith Formation Office at Please indicate if your student attends St. Francis School or will be in Family Formation.

If you have questions or a unique situation, please contact Erica in our Faith Formation Office, at 515-440-1030, or


Many volunteers are needed to help Faith Formation programming run smoothly. Adult Catechists receive free Faith Formation (Family Formation, CGS, and Youth Ministry) tuition for their children. Teen volunteers receive service hours. Please view the list of Volunteer Roles Needed.

If you are interested in sharing your time and talents with our youth, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 515-440-1030.