Sacramental Preparation is the process of preparing children 2nd grade or older for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Only baptized children participate in Sacramental Preparation. If you have a child who is not yet baptized, and over the age of seven, 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.
In order to discern this call, a child must have one prior year of Faith Formation or attend a Catholic School. Only the child going to Mass each Sunday will have the desire to receive Jesus in the Eucharist and be able to participate fully in the Liturgy.
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 winter, and a 4-day retreat in the spring culminating in reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
To sign up your child for Sacramental Preparation, contact Elizabeth Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 292-7119.
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.