Sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation
Typically, 2nd Graders at St. Patrick celebrate two essential sacraments of the Catholic faith -- the sacrament of Reconciliation in the fall and the sacrament of First Holy Communion or Eucharist in the spring. At St. Patrick, sacramental preparation is accomplished through a partnership involving parents, school religion teachers, Parish Religious Education Program [PREP] catechists, and the Children’s Formation Coordinator.
In addition to the curriculum taught by our catechists and school teachers, we spend time preparing our families for the celebration of the sacraments. We require 2nd-grade parents to attend a parent-only meeting and two parent-child workshops throughout the school year. At this time, due to COVID-19, the parent-only meeting and the fall parent-child workshop will be conducted through videos and virtual meetings. The spring parent-child workshop is tentatively scheduled to occur as a hands-on workshop; however, the date and meeting structure could change as safety regulations change.
Participating in these preparation processes may create some conflicts with athletics and other extracurricular activities. St. Patrick asks you to be generous in setting your priorities in favor of these sacraments.
Baptismal Verification Form:
St. Patrick is required to verify the baptisms of all children receiving the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Parents and/or guardians are required to complete the Baptismal Verification Form. Details about other necessary documents are provided below:
- If your child was baptized at St. Patrick you are NOT required to provide us a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate.
- If your child was baptized at any church other than St. Patrick or in a Christian church of another denomination we will need a copy of their baptismal certificate. Certificates can be uploaded in the form, mailed to the parish office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your child has not been baptized, please contact the parish office as soon as possible so that baptism can be arranged. Baptism is the first of our sacraments to be celebrated and is the gateway to all of the others.