First Reconcilliation & Eucharist
Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments (signs of the presence of Jesus in our world) of the Catholic Church. This sacrament is also called Confession and Penance. We use the term Reconciliation to emphasize the positive and joyful aspects of "going to Confession". We celebrate the forgiveness which reunites the repentant sinner with God, the church and the community.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation should normally be celebrated prior to the reception of First Eucharist. Instruction for this sacrament must precede First Eucharist and be kept separate from it. This is done to teach children the specific identity of this sacrament and to help them feel comfortable with it before receiving First Eucharist.
About the Sacrament of Eucharist
As Catholics we come together weekly with our parish family to celebrate the Eucharist (also called the Mass or Liturgy). We gather as a faith community to publicly thank God for the gift of Jesus and to share in His body and blood through Communion.
A child who receives the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time is being initiated into the Sacramental life of the whole church. Through your family involvement in the parish your child is connecting with the church family and beginning to accept your faith as his or her own