Sacramental Preparation is the process of preparing children 2nd grade or older for First Reconciliation and Eucharist. Only children baptized in the Catholic Church may participate in Sacramental Preparation. If you have a child over the age of 7 who is not yet baptized or was baptized in another Christian denomination please visit our RCIA page.
At Saint Michael Parish, baptized children who have attained the age of reason (age 7 or second grade) who are educated in their faith may begin the discernment process for their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The child, with their parents, must spend time in prayer and reflection and together ask to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Immediate preparation for the sacraments begins through two parish-based ministries:
- F.A.I.T.H. (Faith Alive in the Home) starts in the fall, focusing on the sacrament of Reconciliation and progresses toward Eucharist in the following months.
- In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, children seeking First Eucharist participate in weekly Level II Atrium session, parent/child evening meditations in the late spring, and a 4-day retreat in the spring culminating in reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
In order to discern readiness, a child must have one prior year of Faith Formation or attend a Catholic School. The child must be going to Mass each Sunday and praying daily as a family. Only through a relationship with Christ and the Church will your child be able to participate fully in the liturgy and have a desire to receive the Eucharist.