Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." (Matthew 19: 14)
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is for children in grade 2 and up
New Sacrament Preparation Program All children receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion MUST FIRST receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Therefore, preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is now combined in the same school year, beginning in September.
Who should register? Children in grade 2 and up who had been baptized or made the Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church can register for the Sacrament Preparation Program.
As the preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is now combined, children who have not made the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, but had received the First Holy Communion, can register for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation only. Please indicate on the registration form that your child will only need to take the first half of the combined preparation. This first half of the preparation is for Sacrament of First Reconciliation only.
How do I register my child?
Complete the online registration form.
Upload a copy of your child’s Catholic baptismal or Profession of Faith certificate.
If you are registering for First Reconciliation ONLY, please upload a copy of your child's First Holy Communion certificate.
Registration is CLOSED! Please come back in September, 2019.
What is involved? Preparation Sessions The Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation consists of:
One (1) Parent Information session – Parent(s) ONLY The Parent Information Session will further explain the Sacrament Preparation Program and how you can continue to support your child’s faith development.
Four (4) First Reconciliation sessions – Candidate and Parent(s) These sessions run for 90 minutes. There will be sessions for children along with sessions for parents at the same time.
One (1) First Reconciliation retreat – Candidate and Parent(s) The retreat runs for 2 hours. Children will review what they have learned and rehearse the celebration of the Sacrament.
Celebration of First Reconciliation – Candidate and Parent(s) The reconciliation celebration is open for children and parents. This includes children who had made their First Reconciliation and are preparing for their Sacrament of First Holy Communion only. To allow children celebrating the Sacrament with their schoolmates, the reconciliation celebration will be scheduled according to their schools. This will be determined at a later date.
Session attendance is mandatory! If you and your child must attend a session other than the one you originally selected, please contact our Sacramental Coordinator. If you are unable to attend either date of a session, there are alternate session dates available at our neighbouring parishes in Calgary.
You are highly encouraged to contact our Sacramental Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-275-2240 so as to not miss any preparation session.
All preparation sessions will be held at Ascension Catholic Parish (1100 Berkshire Blvd NW, Calgary, AB T3K 3M3).
Workbook and Fee There is a fee of $25 for each Sacrament Preparation Program to help offset the cost of the materials. Your child will receive the “Celebrate and Remember Reconciliation” book in their first session.