First Communion

First Reconciliation and Eucharist:  In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, preparation for the first reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist normally occurs during a child's second grade year because the age of seven is considered the age of reason in the Church.  This is the age in which children are able to begin to understand right from wrong and the concept of sin as well as begin to form an understanding of the Eucharist.

While the Church recognizes the age of 7 for the age of reason, the Church also understands that every child matures at a different rate.  If you believe that your child is not ready to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, the reception of these Sacraments may be delayed.  Please work with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) on this matter.  In some cases, a child may be ready a year early.  In such case, if you as parents believe that a child is ready to receive these Sacraments, you may contact the DRE to set up a meeting with you and your child.  If the DRE is in agreement with you about the maturity level of your child she will refer you and your child to the pastor who will meet with you to determine if approval to prepare for the Sacraments will be granted.  Please understand that this decision will be made on the basis of the maturity of your child and not on any other basis (i.e. to be with sibling, convenience, etc.)

About First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation Programs

At St. Joseph's Church, our First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation programs are parish-based programs.  Children who attend our Parish Christian Formation Ministry (CFM) classes as well as those in the Catholic Day School, come together to celebrate these Sacraments.

Before a Child can be registered, the following criteria should be met:

  • Family must be registered in St. Joseph's Parish
  • Child must be Baptized Catholic.  (A copy of the Baptismal Certificate must accompany the registration form)  Unbaptized children who are 2nd grade level or above should contact the DRE for more information.
  • Child must be currently registered in CFM Classes or the Catholic Day School.
  • Child must have attended at least one year of Catholic Religious Education or a Cathloic school, the year preceding sacrament preparation.
  • Child must be currently in 2nd Grade or above.  
  • Family must be willing to be actively involved in their child's preparation.
  • You must be able to attend the gatherings and Liturgical Rites (see "Dates to Remember")

 

Our Parish program for First Reconciliation and First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will include the following:

 

  • Attendance at CFM Classes or Catholic School
  • Attendance at Parent/Child formation gatherings
  • Attendance at Mass and Liturgical Rites
  • Home Study packets to be completed by child with parent help and guidance

 

DATES TO REMEMBER . . . . 

November 12           Reconciliation Parents Meeting                   5-6 p.m. - Day Chapel


January 18              Second Grade Liturgy                                 8:30 a.m. - Church


December 6             First Reconciliation                                     10 a.m. - Church


January 14              1st Eucharist Parents Meeting                    5-6 p.m. - Day Chapel


February 18            Ash Wednesday Liturgy                              5:15-6 p.m. - Church


March 21                1st Communion Retreat                             1:30-4 p.m. - Hall


May 2                     1st Communion Practice                            10-11:30 a.m. - Church


May 3                     1st Communion Liturgy                             1:00 p.m. - Church


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