The Sacrament of Reconciliation is both a reminder and an experience of the reality that "God loves us no matter what." "Your child's first celebration of the sacrament will set the stage for what should become a lifetime of experiencing God's unconditional love in this great tradition of our Faith. For this reason, it is important for parents to inform themselves concerning what the Church teaches about the sacrament of Reconciliation and how best to communicate those teachings to your children." (Taken from, Catholic Parent Know How: Preparing Your Child for First Reconciliation). Here at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, our priests and lay staff are dedicated to help you in this most noble and worthwhile endeavor.
The Archdiocese of Washington requires a two year preparation in anticipation of receiving the sacrament of First Reconciliation. Typically, students begin their religious education in first grade and conclude with the celebration of First Reconciliation in January of the second grade year. If your child is older and has not received First Reconciliation, please contact Therese Recinella, Director of Religious Education, as soon as possible to enroll your son or daughter in our Special Sacramental Classes for older students.
If your child is in need of School of Religion classes (i.e. is not enrolled in a Catholic school) for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, please contact Michelle Balch, Director of Religious Education, at 202.449.3989 or mbalch