First Reconciliation and Eucharist
Jesus Christ is truly present in our midst. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an encounter with Jesus that forgives sins and restores us to grace. The Eucharist is the most profound way we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ. In the Archdiocese of Washington, children celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist. Many children prepare for and celebrate Reconciliation for the first time usually around the age of seven.
How do you know if your son or daughter is ready to receive First Reconciliation? Click here.
Does your son or daughter meet these requirements for preparation to celebrate these sacraments?
- Is he/she at least seven years old?
- Has he/she been baptized in the Catholic Church?
- Has he/she been enrolled for at least two years (including the 2020-2021 school year) in
- A parish school?
- A religious education program?
- An independent Catholic school?
If the answer to all three questions is yes, then you can begin the preparation process!
- Complete the online enrollment process by August 31, 2020. If your child was baptized at Holy Trinity, please indicate the day/month/year. If your child was baptized elsewhere, please email a copy of the baptism certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31. Click here to begin the online registration process for First Reconciliation/First Eucharist. Please note: this is a separate process from RE class enrollment.
- Plan to actively participate in the preparation. Part of the preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist is the conversation and discussion you will have with your child at home. You will receive Sacramental textbooks that your child will complete with your help. In the fall, you will complete the Reconciliation text, with celebrations offered in December. In the spring, you will complete the Eucharist text, with celebrations offered during the Easter season.
There are two parent meetings for each sacrament, and it is expected that parents attend both.
Important dates CLICK HERE FOR THE EUCHARIST CALENDAR (PDF)
Sunday, September 22, 2019 — 10:10 a.m., Chapel
Reconciliation Parent Meeting #1
Sunday, September 29, 2019– 10:10 a.m., Trinity Hall
Reconciliation Parent Meeting #2
Reconciliation textbooks are sent home with students; HTS students receive their books on September 30
Monday, October 21, 2019
SignUp Genius opens to choose your reconciliation date
Sunday, November 24, 2019 (RE)
Completed reconciliation textbooks due in RE Resource Office (in Upper School cafeteria)
Monday, November 25, 2019 (HTS)
Completed reconciliation textbooks due to classroom teachers
Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:30 a.m., Church
Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:30 a.m., Church
Sunday, January 12, 2020, — 10:10 a.m., Chapel
Eucharist Parent Meeting #1
Sunday, January 26, 2020, — 10:10 a.m., Trinity Hall
Eucharist Parent Meeting #2
Sunday, February 9 & February 23 — 9 a.m., Chapel
Teaching Liturgies for parents and children
February 9 — RE classes 2A, 2B and 2C
February 23 — RE class 2D, 3+, HTS and RCIAafc
Saturday, March 14, 2020 — 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Eucharist Workshop for parents and children (Meet in Trinity Hall)
Sunday, March TBD
Eucharist Parent Meeting #3
Easter season (dates TBD)
First Eucharist celebrations