First Holy Communion
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
What an exciting time in the life for your family! We are looking forward to working together to prepare your child to receive their sacraments!
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are generally received in the 2nd grade. Students must have successfully completed 1st grade Faith Formation and be actively participating in 2nd grade Faith Formation. For older students, two consecutive years of Faith Formation participation is required.
In order to receive the sacraments a child is required to have had 2 consecutive years of faithful attendance (defined as not missing more than 3 classes total in each year) in the Faith Formation program.
Catholic school children (those who attend a private Catholic school) are required to receive their sacrament at their home parish. Formation classes for these children are provided at their school, but please register your 2nd grade children for the sacraments using the button at the top of this page.
Attendance at our 2 workshops is asked of all children and their parent(s) as it allows us the opportunity to gather as a faith community to prepare for the sacraments.
For Children in 3rd through 12th grade who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism and/or Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, please contact the Faith Formation Office to discuss faith formation options. These situations are discussed and evaluated on an individual basis. Call the Sacramental Coordinator, Mary Beth McKenna, at 678-992-2515.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION CHECK LIST
- Your family must be registered at a church in the Atlanta Archdiocese.
- Families should be practicing their faith according to the precepts of the Catholic Faith.
- Regular attendance (maximum 3 absences) in our Faith Formation classes. Students will complete makeup work for any absences during sacramental preparation years.
- If the 1st year of faith formation was not at St. Benedict, we will need a record of your child successfully completing the program from your previous church.
- Please supply us with a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate with the full name of church and address.
- Parent(s), with their child receiving the sacrament, are asked to attend two formation workshops, one focused on Reconciliation in the fall and the other focused on First Communion in the winter.
First Holy Communion 2021-2022 Schedule:
Parents, please block the following dates on your calendar now.
First Reconciliation Workshop will be on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021. Choose the morning session (9-11 am) or the afternoon session (1-3 pm) to suit your schedule.
First Reconciliation Sacrament– Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 5PM. Full details will be discussed at the First Reconciliation Workshop.
First Holy Communion Workshop will be on Saturday, February 5th, 2022. You will receive a pre-recorded 30 minute video session by Thursday, February 3rd to watch with your child at home. On Saturday, February 5th, you will drop by between 1pm-3pm to complete engaging parent & child activities!
First Holy Communion Rehearsal will be on Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at 5:30pm. Full details will be discussed at the First Holy Communion Workshop.
First Holy Communion Sacrament Mass will be on Saturday, May 7th, 2021 at 10:30AM.
Questions should be directed to our Faith Formation Director, Mary Beth McKenna at 678-992-2515. or email firstname.lastname@example.org