The reception of the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are an important part of your child’s initiation into the Catholic Church. They are beautiful expressions of faith, and are to be prepared for and celebrated with sincerity of heart. Your involvement as a parent or guardian is of special importance in helping to prepare your child to celebrate these sacraments and in continuing your child’s involvement in learning about their faith.
Students must be attending faith formation classes or the parish school in order to begin preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. And, it is our expectation the student will continue to take part in faith formation until they begin to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in 6th grade.
First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion: The Diocese of Madison has established second grade as the year to prepare for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation. Parents and catechists work together as a team in the preparation of the children. Students enrolled in the Faith Formation Program will attend classes twice a month on Sunday mornings. In addition, students and parents will attend Sacramental Preparation courses once a month on Wednesday nights. Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in December, and First Holy Communion will take place in May.
Confirmation: Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation commences in 6th grade and continues throughout the freshman year of high school. Because this is a new change, it will take two years to get students on track to receive this sacrament by their sophomore year. The sequence of classes will be as such:
6th grade: Theology of the Body for Middle Schoolers
7th grade: Bible Timeline/Salvation History (Encounter) and Altaration
8th grade: Year One Chosen
9th grade: Year Two Chosen
All four courses need to be completed before the reception of the sacrament. It is expected that students also complete service hours and participate in a retreat experience in Year Two Chosen. The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in the fall of the sophomore year of high school.
Older Students for Eucharist, Reconciliation: Parents of any older students who have not celebrated Eucharist or Reconciliation are asked to inform the Director of Faith Formation so that plans can be made for preparation for these sacraments.