1st Reconciliation & 1st Eucharist

Our Faith Formation Sacramental Preparation Program is committed to providing high quality, sacramental preparation programs for children. Each child is unique and we are dedicated to helping parents fashion a vibrant spiritual life. The most important component of any sacramental preparation is for a family to make the sacraments, especially the Eucharistic Sacrifice (Mass) central to their lives. 

 Parents desiring to present their children for First Communion Preparation are asked to commit themselves to attending Sunday Mass weekly in keeping with the teaching of the church and the command of Jesus to celebrate the Eucharist in his memory.

Sacraments are not given according to grade but according to the readiness of the child, though a majority of children demonstrate a readiness somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd grade or high. The decision to present a child for sacramental preparation is made in consultation with the child’s parents and catechists. Our primary consideration is always the child and the child’s understanding and readiness to receive the sacramental gifts of the church. The Faith Formation Team is here to assist parents in discerning their child’s readiness for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

It is highly recommended and desirable that children enrolling in our sacramental preparation program have had one year of an introductory (Level One) parish faith formation program. Children with no previous introductory faith formation program often experience confusion and demonstrate a difficulty in grasping the materials contained in the sacramental preparation programs. Parents are encouraged to defer immediate preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for their child and to enroll them in an introductory level class first.

For more information contact Nina Potter at (253) 649-4599 or ffk5@stnicholasgigharbor.org