FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST EUCHARIST
Eligibility: Children Ages 7 and older in the 2nd grade and above wiht at least 2 year of Parish Faith Formation Classes. Children generally celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time in Second grade.
Austin Diocee of Guidelines: Any baptized Catholic child who has reached the age of reason [7 years of age and attended Faith Formation Classes in the first grade and is now in the second grade] is elgibile to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, usually referred to as First Communion.
Preparation: Children need to be enrolled and participating in the Faith Formation program for 2 years immediately prior to reception of the Sacrament. First grade would be considered Year 1 and Second grade would be considered Year 2. During the second year of preparation, families participate in their parish sacramental preparation program.
Family Preparation: St. Mary's Family Sacramental Preparation Program includes a parent/child retreat of each sacrament [First Reconciliation & First Communion] as well as working together with the child at home to complete lessons focusing on each sacrament.