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Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation and First Communion

Children, who turn 7 years old by September 1 of the current year and are in second grade, prepare to celebrate their sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.


Students not baptized at Holy Spirit, you must submit a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate at the time of registration to the parish office Attn: Sacramental Preparation Baptismal Certificate.


The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires that children preparing for these sacraments attend formational religious education for two years.


Children who plan to celebrate the sacraments in the second grade must also have participated in religious education in the first grade whether it is through a parish sponsored religious education program (PSR) or Catholic School attendance.


In addition to participation in religious education, parents and children must attend mandatory programs.  First grade families focus on the mass.  Parents must attend a class.  The student with a parent must attend a retreat.  Second grade families focus on the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.  Parents must attend a class for each sacrament.  The student with a parent must attend a retreat for each sacrament. 


First Reconciliation typically takes place in January and First Holy Communion in May the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend.


Special programs are available for baptized Catholic children who are in grade 3 or higher and have not yet celebrated these sacraments. Please look for more information under RCIC.