The sacrament of First Reconciliation for children is conferred in November at a special Saturday liturgy. Family and friends of the children are invited to attend this liturgy and receive the sacrament. Children in the Wednesday evening Religious Education Program and the 5-day school program, St. Pius X/St. Leo School, are prepared for First Reconciliation by their catechists and teachers. A parent meeting prior to the reception of First Reconciliation assists parents in also preparing their children.
First Reconciliation is usually, but not exclusively, conferred when the children are second graders. If an older child needs to be prepared for reception of First Reconciliation, this can be easily arranged through a conversation with the Director of Faith Formation for the parish, Colleen Ciciulla. After preparation, a time will be set up with one of the parish priests to confer the sacrament.
First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring, usually March or April, for second graders in the Wednesday evening Religious Education Program and the 5-day school program, St. Pius X/St. Leo School. A parent meeting prior to First Eucharist assists parents in helping the catechists and teachers prepare the children to receive Holy Communion for the first time.
If an older child desires First Eucharist, contact Colleen Ciciulla, Director of Faith Formation, who will accommodate the child’s needs for preparation and reception of the sacrament. This is easily arranged.
Confirmation is conferred in December for eighth graders in the Wednesday evening Religious Education Program and the 5-day school program, St. Pius X/St. Leo School. Preparation for the sacrament formally begins during the seventh grade year. Retreats, service and prayer are all part of the formation of candidates for Confirmation, as well as classroom instruction on the sacrament.
Young adults and adults who have not been confirmed and desire to receive the sacrament should contact the Pastor, Father Mike Eckley, or the Director of Faith Formation, Colleen Ciciulla, for assistance in Confirmation preparation.
Contact: Colleen Ciciulla, 402-558-1898.