Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

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.

Preparing for First Eucharist is a two-year process. We invite children to enroll in our parish faith formation ministry (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) which meets weekly. In addition to attending our weekly sessions, the parent(s) and the child will be asked to join us for five onehour meditations in preparation for reconciliation. Finally, our time of preparation will culminate with a four-day retreat.

Register for Fall 2023 Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation here.

Fr. Jim demonstrates how to go to Reconciliation in this video!

Please read the following  important documents.

They contain the criteria to discerning a child’s readiness to enter into the 2nd year of preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Please contact Elizabeth Lyons at or call (360) 292-7119 with any questions.