First Reconciliation/First Eucharist

Sacrament Preparation Request

General Guidelines for Reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Once the child has been baptized, the Parish takes on a heavier level of responsibility for the spiritual development of the child, even if the parent is negligent. Sacraments, after baptism, are not to be denied solely on the basis of the lack of parental cooperation. Naturally, for minor children, parental permission is required.

The other sacraments should be received as soon as is reasonable after the child has reached the "age of discretion," which may differ from child to child. (It is also assumed that there will be adequate catechesis according to the child's capacity, and that the sacrament is being requested.)

Children approaching First Eucharist are expected to have already celebrated "First Reconciliation."

The candidate is also to be, in the opinion of the pastor, "sufficiently disposed." The pastor, on a practical level, reaches that decision together with parents and catechists. "Sufficiently disposed" means:

  • For Reconciliation, that the penitents "having repudiated the sins committed, and having a purpose of amendment, are converted to God."
  • For Eucharist, that the children "have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so as to understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity, and can receive the body of the Lord with faith and devotion."

For more information on specific policies at St. William Parish for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist please follow this link. 

Families not registered in a formal religious education program of the parish, who are preparing a child for either First Eucharist or First Reconciliation within the school year must contact the Parish Office.