First Reconciliation & First Communion
Preparations for First Reconciliation and First Communion are done when children are in the early primary grades. Parents are invited to enroll their children in the preparation process when they feel they are ready for the sacraments. The process of preparation takes place in both the parish community and home, and consists of parent meetings, parent/child meetings, and home-based materials. Children should be enrolled in either the school or Generations of Faith and should be regular participants in the life of the faith community. The current practice of the Church is that preparations for First Reconciliation are to precede preparation for First Communion.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift that celebrates and affirms the immeasurable and everlasting love and forgiveness of God. The loving-kindness and faithfulness of our Lord provides the backdrop and framework in which we are invited to examine our lives, confess our weaknesses and sins, and be assured of the ongoing love and presence of God in our lives through the Church's absolution. First Reconciliation Celebrated: Tuesday, December 11 7:00 pm St. Matthew Parish Advent Service. First Reconciliation Preparation Information & Calendar
First Reconciliation Calendar 2018
Wednesday, October 17 6:30 pm Parent/child meeting
Monday, November 19 6:30 pm Parent/child Meeting
Monday, December 3 6:30 pm Reconciliation Retreat and Practice
Families are invited to enroll their children for First Communion preparation beginning in the second grade. Families must be participating in Generations of Faith or school religion classes in order to enroll. The current practice of the Church is that preparations for First Reconciliation are to precede preparation for First Communion.
Preparations for First Communion include an acceptance rite at the weekend liturgies, meetings in the evening, completion of home-based projects and materials, and a retreat. First Communions are celebrated at the parish's liturgies during the first weekends of the Easter Season: May 4th & 5th and May 11th & 12th. First Communion Preparation Information & Calendar
First Communion Calendar 2018-2019
Wednesday, January 30 6:30-7:30 Session for parents and children
Wednesday, February 27 6:30- 7:30 Session for parents and children
Wednesday, April 3 6:30 - 7:30 Session for parents and children
Wednesday, May 1 6:30-8:30 Retreat; parents and children
To register your child for First Reconciliation & First Communion complete the registration form below or print out the form here and return to the parish office. A copy of your child's baptismal certificate is needed even if they were baptized at St. Matthew. Questions? Contact Mike Westenberg at the parish office, 920-435-6811.