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A Child's First Reconciliation (video)

Preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance) for the first time is an exciting time.  It is a time for focus on God’s mercy, how we forgive among our family, friends, and community, and how we celebrate forgiveness.  Children of the parish who are in second grade or up are invited to begin the formal preparation to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  In order to register for this preparation, the children must meet the requirements (listed below) and the family must submit a Faith Formation registration form even if a particular child will not be attending faith formation classes at St. Francis de Sales.

About this Preparation

St. Francis de Sales' preparation for Reconciliation is set up for parents and children to prepare mostly at home using a workbook since it is the home where each child's faith is most cultivated.  The preparation process has had updates compared to the last couple of years in order to better meet the current needs of families and goals of our parish formation.  The updates give families the resources and the opportunity to help each other grow their relationship with Jesus.

The children's workbook has six lessons which will guide families through familiar Bible stories, offer discussion points, and suggest activities for you and your child while on this journey.  The finished books are then returned to the parish.   In order to support parents during this time, the parish offers workshops for both parents and children and separate parent meetings.  More information is mailed to parents a few weeks before the beginning of the preparation.

Of vital importance to a child’s preparation is the family’s participation at Mass on a weekly basis.  The Mass is a revelation and the greatest expression of the Catholic faith.  It is here that the preparation for this Sacrament comes alive.  It is where as a community we offer as a sacrifice our successes and failures and where God accepts them with great joy guiding us to a deeper relationship with Him. 

Requirements to start preparation

  • Child must be in second grade or up.
  • (Requirement to be implemented starting 2016/2017) Children must have regularly attended faith formation classes the year prior to preparation and be attending regularly the year they prepare for this sacrament.
  • St. Francis de Sales must have on file a copy of the baptismal certificate (or other acceptable proof of baptism) of each child preparing for the Sacrament of First Eucharist before completion of the preparation.  If a family no longer has a copy of the child’s original certificate, the parish of baptism can be directly contacted to request a copy (note that most churches require a few weeks notice).
  • If a child was baptized in another faith tradition (out side of the Catholic faith), parent must contact the Faith Formation office before the start of the preparation.

Learning about the Sacrament of Reconciliation (for Parents)





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El Sacramento de la Reconciliación nos limpia y fortalece nuestra relación con Cristo y Su Iglesia.  Es también en donde desarrollamos nuestra conciencia.  A través del Sacramento de la Eucaristía, Cristo se hace presente a nosotros en su totalidad.  Es la fuente y la cumbre de la vida Cristiana que nos fortalece regularmente para vivir la misión de la Iglesia de proclamar el Evangelio de Cristo.

Los niños que cursan del segundo grado para arriba son invitados a comenzar el proceso de preparación.  El proceso para la Reconciliación empieza en septiembre con un taller para padres y niños, y el sacramento se celebra en noviembre.  La preparación para la Primera Comunión comienza el siguiente enero con un taller para padres y niños, y el sacramento es celebrado en abril y mayo en una de las misas del fin de semana.  Los papás y los niños trabajan juntos, con un libro y asisten a otros talleres y juntas adicionales.

Para que los niños estén bien preparados para recibir a Cristo a través de la Eucaristía, deben de completar la preparación y la celebración del Sacramento de la Reconciliación antes de prepararse para y recibir su Primera Eucaristía (Comunión).


  • El niño debe de estar inscrito y participar en un programa básico de formación de fe (ya sea a través de la parroquia o de una escuela Católica aceptada por la diócesis).
  • Asistir a una de las dos opciones de cada retiro
  • Completar el libro de tareas en casa con su niño
  • Asistir al Programa Alianza (solamente los padres de familia)
  • Asistir los talleres para papás (vea detalles aquí)