First Reconciliation & First Communion for Children
Welcome! This is an exciting and beautiful time you are entering into with your child. Not only will your child receive true healing and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation, but will also experience the incredible gift of the Eucharist.
Our First Eucharist program explores the meaning of rituals, symbols, gestures, and prayers to promote active participation. The program is designed to touch the heart as well as the head, engaging children using story, Sacred Scripture, doctrine, and prayer. During the fall sessions we prepare for the great sacrament of healing—Reconciliation—which will take place at the Lent Penance Fair. The winter and spring sessions are spent preparing the children to receive the most precious gift of all, the gift of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
Q. What if my child is not baptized?
A: Please contact Anna Blessing or Mary LeBrun, at 507-334-2266, to discuss baptismal preparation.
Q: What if my child is not in 2nd grade?
A: All are welcome to receive the sacraments! If your child is in 3rd grade, he/she may sign up with the second graders. Children in grades 4-8 will need to attend classes on regularly scheduled class nights. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
Q: What if my child was not baptized at Divine Mercy?
A: Not a problem! Those who are not baptized at Divine Mercy simply need to submit a copy of their baptismal certificate. You can contact the parish or community where the baptism took place and ask them to mail a copy with a raised seal to:
DMCC First Communion Program
4 Second Ave SW
Faribault, MN 55021
Those who were baptized at Divine Mercy (or Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart, or St. Lawrence) need only mark on their sacramental register which church and the date of their baptism.
Q: What is the role of the family of the first communicant?
A: The family is at the very heart of preparation for First Holy Communion. We ask that you attend Holy Mass every weekend with your child, commit to attending all of the required sessions, and of course, adhere to the Church law. Frequent confession as a family is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children.
First Communion 2019-2020
First Communion will be on Saturday and Sunday,
May 2nd & 3rd, 2020.