Sacramental Preparation

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 2019-2020 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!

  1. Complete the online registration process by August 1, 2019. 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 by August 1. Click here to begin the online registration process for First Reconciliation/First Eucharist. Please note: this is a separate process from RE class registration.  
  2. 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 November and 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.


Sunday, September 16, 2018
Reconciliation Parent Meeting #1

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Reconciliation textbooks are sent home with students (click here to see the schedule for completion)
Reconciliation Parent Meeting #2

Monday, October 22, 2018
SignUp Genius opens to choose your reconciliation date 

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Completed reconciliation textbooks due in RE Resource Office (in Upper School cafeteria) 

Saturday, November 17, 2018   9:30 a.m.
Reconciliation celebration in the church 

Saturday, December 1, 2018  9:30 a.m.
Reconciliation celebration in the church 

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Eucharist Parent Meeting #1

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Eucharist Parent Meeting #2

Sunday, February 24 & March 3 
Teaching Liturgies (see schedule for assignments for each section)

Saturday, March 9, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. – Noon 
Eucharist Workshop for parents and children

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Eucharist Parent Meeting #3

Easter season – April 27-May 19, 2019
First Eucharist celebrations