1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion
Along with Baptism and Confirmation, Eucharist or Communion is part of the Sacraments of Initiation. Through these sacraments, a person is incorporated into the Church and welcomed to participate as part of the Body of Christ.
Eucharist is the ritual of celebrating the Paschal Mystery of Christ, through giving thanks and praise to God at Mass. This sacramental experience is the heart of Catholic life for the whole Church. By joining the family of Christ at weekly Eucharist, we all renew our commitment to serve Jesus Christ.
Preparation for First Reconciliation & First Communion
We have a team that works together in preparing our 2nd grade youth for their 1st Sacraments: Katie Prokosch-Director of Faith Formation/Youth Ministry, Karen Reindl-St. Raphael School Atrium Teacher, Allison Nachreiner-St. Raphael School 2nd grade teacher, and Shelley Olson-Faith Formation Atrium Teacher.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is received in the winter of 2nd grade for children at St. Raphael’s church. Students and parents participate in a time of Learning. All Faith Formation, Catholic Schooled, and Home Schooled children share many parts of this experience as a community of faith. The Sacrament of First Communion is received in the spring of 2nd grade for children at St. Raphael’s church. Classes run from the fall to Spring. Students and parents participate in a time of Learning Centers as well at practice for the day of the first sacrament.
Classes this year consist of traditional classes, St. Raphael School, or our Atrium classes. Our programs conform to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and bring children and their families to a joyful reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. There are many requirements for the students and families; watch for the First Reconciliation/Eucharist Student Handbook at the Parent Meeting.