First Sacraments - First Reconciliation & First Eucharist
Youth can begin preparing for these two Sacraments as early as 2nd Grade.
Preparation for First Sacraments is in addition to being a part of our Family Formation program and/or enrolled in Catholic School. Parents are the primary teachers of the faith for their children; therefore, we supply materials and curriculum to support the family in walking with their child to receive these two beautiful Sacraments. Additionally, parents go through an online "parent's course" for each Sacrament that further assist them in leading and teaching the faith, and these Sacraments, to their child(ren).
Reception of the Sacraments
After preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the fall semester, families can elect to attend the Advent Reconciliation Service, the Lenten Reconciliation Service, or a Regular Saturday Reconciliation (3:30pm) at the Parish. Families will determine when they feel their child is ready to receive the Sacrament after preparation has been completed. Reception of the Sacrament must occur prior to the child receiving their First Holy Eucharist.
First Holy Eucharist
The parish celebrates First Holy Eucharist weekend during the Easter Season, April 20-21, 2024. Families can select between attending a regular Mass that weekend or an extra Mass that is added specifically for First Communion. If the First Eucharist Mass weekend does not work for a family, they can select another weekend and Mass time to receive the Sacrament.
Go Seek Find: Discover God’s Treasures!
These lessons will help you in the important ministry of preparing your child for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Through this new and unique program, children are led on an adventure of discovery as they ex-plore the rich and beautiful significance of these sacraments in their lives. Go Seek Findwill engage and inspire children, creating a spirit of excitement and joy around their journey toward encountering Jesus through the treasures that are the sacraments.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program
For youth enrolled in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, First Reconciliation & First Eucharist preparation is completed in the Spring as a part of a separate retreat and set of meditation sessions.
- First Reconciliation Retreat (St. Joseph Catholic Church)
- November 11, 2023 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
- First Communion Retreat (St. Joseph Catholic Church)
- February 24th, 2024 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
- First Communion Rehearsal (St. Joseph Catholic Church)
- April 17, 2024 (7:00 - 8:00 PM)
- First Communion (St. Joseph Catholic Church)
- April 20-21, 2024 (Multiple Mass options)
Child or Adult with Special Needs?
Do you have a loved one with special needs looking to receive the Sacraments, but a traditional preparation program would not be ideal? Please connect with us to discuss options. Every person is unique and we want to work with you to help prepare them for the reception of the Sacraments. Contact FaithFormation@stjosephcommunity.org or 651-313-8464 to begin the discussion.
Child Not Baptized?
Do you have a child in 2nd grade (or older) and is not yet Baptized? No worries, youth who are seeking to receive First Sacraments who are not yet Baptized are welcomed into our program called "Right of Christian Initiation for Children" (RCIC). Please contact the Parish Office at 651-423-4402 or Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org for more information.
Adult not Baptized, Confirmed, or received First Sacraments?
Are you an adult looking to prepare for one of these Sacraments? We welcome you with open arms and would be honored to be a part of your Sacramental journey. Please contact the Parish Office at 651-423-4402 or Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org for more information about our "Right of Christian Initiation for Adults" (RCIA) program.