The Sacraments & the Journey of Faith

On the day of your child’s baptism, the priest or deacon asked you a question to which you promised to guide your child in the ways of faith. As your child continues to grow, it is time for him / her to make the next step in the journey of faith and of deepening his/ her relationship with God. As you present your child for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion, you remain faithful to this promise made that day. May God continue to bless you as you fulfill the role of a Christian parent.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

In accordance with the Diocesan Policy for the Sacramental Initiation of Children, preparation for these sacraments is conducted primarily by the Parish over a period of approximately four months.

Sessions for the preparations will begin in September or February, depending on the preparation schedule for Confirmation.

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be celebrated on a weekday evening upon completion of the six sessions in preparation for this sacrament. Children must make their First Reconciliation prior to receiving First Communion.

Children will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion with their family and with the community at a Sunday Mass upon completion of the six sessions in preparation for this sacrament.


Children in grade 2 or age 7 and older are eligible to receive First Communion and First Reconciliation.

For children attending Cathedral Catholic School, information concerning dates and requirements for receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, will be distributed by the school to children who are eligible.  As well, announcements in the Parish Bulletin, and on the Parish website will be in implemented at least 6 weeks before the start of preparation, for the benefit of members of the Parish who go to other schools.

If the child was not baptized in this parish, a copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required at time of Registration.

Candidate Obligations

Preparation sessions for all children will take place in the Parish Hall over approximately four months The candidate, and at least one parent will be required to attend an information meeting at the church prior to the commencement of preparation. This brief meeting will include an overview of the preparation process, expectations and a time for questions.

Candidates and at least one adult, are required to attend all sessions and a day retreat in the Parish Hall. As well, they must complete any home sessions that are assigned and fulfill their mass obligations, in order to be eligible to receive these Sacraments.