I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51

Around the time a child reaches the age of reason (age 7), they begin preparing for two sacraments – Reconciliation (aka Confession or Penance) and Eucharist (aka First Holy Communion). Typically this preparation takes place during a child’s 2nd grade year, provided that have completed at least one full year of faith formation (at St. Matthias or another parish). All families who desire these sacraments for their children must be enrolled and regularly attend our faith formation program, GIFT.  The preparation for the two sacraments is done at home, following two family retreats: one in November for Reconciliation and one in February/March for Eucharist. The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in January and First Communion is celebrated at the end of April/beginning of May.

Invitation letters will be mailed out to families who have expressed interest and have enrolled in GIFT in October with the specific dates.

If you have any questions about these sacraments or your child’s readiness to receive them, please contact  Sabrina for assistance.