Sacramental Preparation

Dear 2nd Grade Parents:

How exciting! Your child will be preparing to grow in their faith and begin preparing for two very special sacraments: Sacrament of First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Eucharist (Communion).

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist include:

  • Regular worship of Sunday Mass
  • Participation in Faith Formation classes (either in the parish on Sundays or at St. William School)
  • Participation in Sacrament Preparation Program
  • Participate in the two sacrament retreats
  • Completion of sacrament books at home
  • Two consecutive years of preparation prior to receiving First Eucharist (this is typically 1st and 2nd grade; however, we do work with children who are older as well)

What does the two-year preparation period look like?


Year One:

The first year, the child is enrolled in the appropriate class for their school grade. Although this is usually 1st grade, a student can be a ‘year one’ student in any grade. This first year concentrates on learning about the faith at the appropriate grade level, beginning to understand and appreciate the Mass, the Commandments, and forgiveness.


Year Two:

The second year, the child enrolls in the appropriate grade. Although this is usually 2nd grade, a student can be a ‘year two’ student in any grade. In conjunction with attending appropriate grade level classes, the child is enrolled in the Sacrament Preparation Program. The sacramental preparation includes classroom instruction (to teach the basics of our faith), at home instruction from the sacramental workbook (engage the family faith formation), and two retreats (to reinforce material in sacramental workbooks).


First Reconciliation

Parent Meeting (Parents only) – Sunday, September 17th           9:45 am in Parish Hall

Sacrament Preparation Classes  (Parent[s] and child should attend):

Wednesday, September 27th           6-7:30 pm in Parish Hall

Wednesday, October 18th               6-7:30 pm in Parish Hall

First Reconciliation Retreat (Parent[s] and child) – November 11th from 9-12 pm in Parish Hall and Church (for rehearsal)

First Reconciliation (Family)– November 29th at 6:00 pm in the Church


First Eucharist (Communion)

Sacrament Preparation Classes  (Parent[s] and child)

Wednesday, January 17th               6-7:30 pm  CANCELLED

Wednesday, February 7th               6-7:30 pm in Church

Wednesday, March 14th                 6-7:30 pm in Church

First Eucharist Retreat (Parent[s] and child) – April 14th from 9-12 pm in Church (for rehearsal)

First Eucharist (Family)– April 29th at 10:30 am Mass


Meagan Kline
Heidi Jegerlehner
Assistant Coordinator

608-755-5183 ext. 211