Sacramental Preparation

Sacrament Preparation

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation for 2020-2021 Catechetical Year

Preparation for the celebration of the sacraments is an important part of your child’s life. We journey together with you to help prepare your child for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Children are required to receive two consecutive years of catechesis and sacrament preparation before receiving any sacraments. The normal course at St. Jude is for children (who are baptized) to begin their preparation for 1st Reconciliation in the 1st grade and 1st Holy Communion and receive their sacraments in the 2nd grade. Students who have not received Holy Communion by the 2nd grade will be placed in an age-appropriate sacrament prep class. Families can choose either Sunday 8:45 am; Sunday 11:30 am or Wednesday 6:45 pm class times. Parents are required to attend parent meetings, parent catechesis and Saturday retreats with the child.

If your child is not yet baptized, you can find more information about having your child baptized. Please contact the Parish Office.

First Communion Requirements

The child must be baptized in the Catholic faith and must be at least 7 years old and attending 2nd grade or higher. The participant must have completed at least one year of religious education with good attendance immediately preceding the year of sacrament preparation. Also, the child must be currently enrolled in Faith Formation classes.

Two retreats of the second year prep classes will be held to prepare for the celebration of First Confession and First Communion, one in the Fall semester and one in the Spring semester.

The child’s readiness for the celebration of the sacrament is to be determined by the child, the parent, and the pastor or director of faith formation.

A child’s readiness for the celebration of the sacrament is to be judged using the criteria: ~A trust in God’s forgiving love.
~ A sense of belonging to the Church community.
~ An understanding of forgiveness, a desire to give and receive forgiveness.

~ A sense of right and wrong and of the reality of evil.
~ A knowledge of sin, an ability to describe wrongdoing in his/her own words. ~An ability to say, “I’m sorry” to express a sense of repentance.


Registration - Elementary

The Information and Registration parent meeting is an opportunity for parents to learn about the sacrament preparation process and to turn in any missing documents for their child in order for the child to celebrate their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

Please note we are currently enrolling students into the Sacrament Preparation Sessions for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have a child that has met the above requirements, please contact the Parish Office.

Class Attendance

Class attendance is very important. A child may only miss a maximum of 3 classes during their Holy Communion year.

Mass Attendance

We strongly encourage all families to attend Mass every Sunday – Mass is the most powerful prayer there is. It is where we give praise and thanks to God and give Him the proper worship as we prepare ourselves to receive the Gift of His Body and Blood.


revised 06/01/2021