Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are generally celebrated in the 2nd grade. Two consecutive years of religious education are required, i.e., 1st grade is a prerequisite. Children who begin religious education in the 2nd grade will be eligible for sacrament preparation in the 3rd grade.
Parents are required to attend two preparation classes – one for Reconciliation, one for Eucharist.
Students complete two home study books – one for Reconciliation and one for Eucharist. They are required to attend two Saturday retreats. Students will also attend a First Eucharist rehearsal and dinner the Thursday prior to participating in the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time.
Children who have not participated in the Sacrament of Eucharist and have not been enrolled in religious education classes may be eligible for the Order of Christian Initiation for Children (O.C.I.C.) program. Contact the program director for more information.
This sacrament is about conversion or change. It is a process, a change of heart that turns away from sin and toward God. It’s like a journey. You walk down one path. Then you slowly realize you’re going the wrong way. You notice that things don’t look right. You can choose to keep going. Or you can decide to stop, turn around, and go a different way.
Through the process of conversion, we change our points of view and return to God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can begin to undo the harm our sins cause. Hopefully, we start to feel sorrow for what we have done. Once we decide to avoid sinning again and make up for what we have done, we are ready to turn around. We are ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
There is no imperfection in us that God cannot heal. Nothing is so wrong in us that God cannot love us. We can do nothing so terrible that God cannot forgive it.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at Holy Trinity on Fridays from 5:30pm-6:15pm, Saturdays, 9:45am-10:30am, or by appointment.