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