About these Sacraments at Cathedral
Requirements: Every child must attend and complete religious education the grade level before the year of the sacrament. Those wishing to celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist must complete first grade religious education in order to celebrate the Sacraments in second grade.
Parent requirements: Parents are required to attend a meeting in the fall for these Sacraments so they can assist their children with this exciting time in their faith. We believe that the parents are primary catechist of our children. Parents are also expected to assist their children with home assignments throughout the year.
Timeline: Children are prepared from September to December for First Reconciliation (Penance), which is celebrated in December. From January to May, students are prepared for the First Eucharist Sacrament, which is celebrated in May.
About the preparation: During the year, children receive two eight-lesson booklets: one for First Reconciliation and one for First Eucharist. These booklets are to be completed weekly at home with a parent prior to celebration of the sacrament. These worksheets have activities that aim to deepen the child’s readiness and understanding of the sacrament. There is also a workshop for each sacrament that children and parents must attend together.