Do Right, Love Goodness, Walk Humbly with Your God. - Micah 6:8

First Communion/Reconciliation

First Reconciliation/First Communion preparation takes place in first and second grades. Children who attend public school must register for PSR where they receive classroom instruction.  Children who attend Holy Family School receive classroom instruction in their religion classes. 

In addition to classroom instruction, children in second grade attend two Saturday retreats. Parents of second graders attend two retreats and view videos at home about each sacrament.  In addition, parents assist their child with activity sheets sent home through day school and PSR.

Registration is required for all second grade students, both PSR and HFS.  To register:

  1. Register and pay the program fee of $60 online by September 1.
  2. Send in a copy of your child's baptismal certificate if s/he was not baptized at Holy Family.
  3. Download a copy of "First Reconciliation/First Communion Program Information" found below.  This contains all dates/times for events throughout the year!

If you prefer to download forms and pay with check to Holy Family Parish, use the forms below:


 

 

 
 2019-20 First Reconciliation/First Communion Program Information
 

Below is information for families with *children entering second grade this fall.  As part of the preparation for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion, this year's program combines both classroom preparation for children and meeting times for parents.  Please mark your calendar now with these important dates.

All parents are asked to attend a brief First Reconciliation/First Communion information meeting at Holy Family on Sunday, September 22, 10:50-11:50 in the FSPC (school cafeteria).  We will go over the year ahead, explain changes being made to the program and answer any questions you may have.

Preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • Parents’ Retreat:  Sunday, October 13, 10:45-1:15 in the FSPC   (Parents only) No registration required.  Please plan to attend as the program has changed his year.
  • Reconciliation Retreat: (Children Only) Saturday November 9th in the FSPC, 9:00-11:00 OR 12:00-2:00 (choose one-limit 40 per session). Registration will be through Sign Up Genius on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:30 pm. This will be explained at the Parents' Retreat in October.
  • The sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. OR Monday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. Families attend church together.  No registration required.

 Preparation for the Sacrament of First Communion:

  • Parents’ and Second graders' Retreat: Saturday, January 18, 10:30-1:00 in the Lower Church Hall.  Registration through Sign Up Genius on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Parents' Retreat:  Sunday, February 9, 10:45-1:15 in the FSPC.  No registration required.  Please plan to attend as the program has changed this year.
  • Jesus Day Retreat: (Children Only) Saturday, April 4 in the FSPC, 9:00-11:00 OR 12:00-2:00 (choose one-limit 40 per session).  Registration will be through Sign Up Genius on Tuesday, March 10th 7:30 p.m.
  • Group First Communion:  Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m.
  • Rehearsal for Group First Communion (Mandatory):  Tuesday, April 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Individual First Communions: At 5:00 p.m. Mass on the following Saturdays: April 18 or April 25 OR  At 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass on the following Sundays: April 19 or April 26.  Registrations for ALL First Communions will be through Sign Up Genius on Tuesday, March 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
 

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ATTENDING HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL

  • Child attends religion classes in school and Saturday retreats to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
  • Parents must attend the retreats and view videos at home.  These are designed to increase parents’ knowledge of the sacraments and develop skills that will help parents teach their children. Details about each sacrament will be discussed at the Parent Retreats.
  • **Register and pay online at www.holyfamilystow.org under the Sacrament heading-Communion/Reconciliation.  Registration due September 1 (Hard copies are available in the rectory office in the red and white folders in the bell tower entrance)
  • Send us a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate (if child was not baptized at Holy Family).
  • *Children ages 7 or older who are not baptized, or who were baptized in another faith tradition and have not made a Profession of Faith with a priest, will participate in a separate program – RCIA for children. Contact Diane Hurtuk for details.

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ATTENDING PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Child attends religion classes at PSR and Saturday retreats to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
  • Parents must attend retreats and view videos at home.  These are designed to increase parents' knowledge of the sacraments and develop skills that will help parents teach their children. Details about the sacraments will be discussed at the Parent Retreats.
  • **Register and pay online at www.holyfamilystow.org under the Sacrament heading-Communion/Reconciliation. Registration due September 1. (Hard copies are available in the rectory office or in the red and white folders in the bell tower entrance)
  • Send us a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate (if child was not baptized at Holy Family).
  • *Children ages 7 or older who are not baptized, or who were baptized in another faith tradition and have not made a Profession of Faith with a priest,  will participate in a separate program – RCIA for children. Contact Diane Hurtuk for details.

 

ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGH EMAIL. Give us an email address that you have access to outside of work hours and be sure to contact us if your email address changes during the year. All registrations take place online through Sign Up Genius – and they send notifications through email, so make sure it’s not blocked.

*Children who reach the age of reason (7 years old) and have not been baptized, or were baptized in another faith tradition and have not made a Profession of Faith, go through the RCIA process for children.  Contact Diane Hurtuk for instruction information and do NOT register for First Reconciliation/First Communion.

**Register and pay online with a credit card at www.holyfamilystow.org.  Look for Communion/Reconciliation under the Sacraments heading.  Paper copies are available in the rectory office.

Please Note: If you have any questions or financial concerns, contact Diane Hurtuk at 330-688-6412 ext. 273. No one will be excluded because of financial difficulties. We are ONE HOLY FAMILY!