First Penance & Eucharist

"Not only does it [the Sacrament of Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)."

"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'" - John 6:35

Sacrament of First Penance & Eucharist Requirements

If you would like to apply for your child to receive the sacraments of Penance and/or First Eucharist, read the requirements below.

Note: Sacrament classes are separate and in addition to religious education classes.

Parish Registration

  • Register your family in the parish

  • Register your child using the 1st -5th Formation Registration Form.

  • When that is done, complete and return the First Reconciliation and Eucharist registration form.

Age/Grade Level

  • Your child must be in grade 3 (or older)


The parish must have proof of Christian baptism.

  • If baptized at St John Neumann: fill out all information on the application including year of baptism at SJN.

  • If baptized elsewhere: obtain a copy of the Baptismal Certificate and include it with the application. If you do not have the certificate, please contact the baptismal church and request a copy. If you can’t find the church address or phone number, we may be able to help.

Religious Education

  • Attendance and completion of grade 2 of Religious Education or Catholic school.

  • Current registration for grade 3 in the SJN Religious Education program or Catholic School.

The Program, Book Fee, and Process (Classes)


  • Believe, Celebrate, Live. We have changed programs this year to one that is written for children ages 9 to 10. We believe this change will provide a more meaningful preparation experience for the children.


  • There is a $20.00 fee per child to help cover the book cost. Fee is due with registration.

The Process/Classes (these are in addition to religious education classes)

  • 1st Penance Classes - These mandatory classes take place in the fall with First Penance taking place just before Christmas. There are also three mandatory parent classes.

  • 1st Eucharist Classes - These mandatory classes take place in the spring culminating with celebrating First Communion during Mother's Day weekend. There are also three required parent classes.

Reconciliation 2022-23


  • September 29, 6:30-7:45

  • October 13, 6:30-7:45

  • October 20, 6:30-7:45

  • October 27, 6:30-7:45

  • November 10, 6:30-7:45

  • November 17, 6:30-7:45


  • October 13, 6:30-7:45

  • October 20, 6:30-7:45

  • October 27, 6:30-7:45


  • December 1 and 6

First Eucharist 2022-23


  • March 15, 6:30-7:45

  • March 22, 6:30-7:45

  • March 29, 6:30-7:45

  • April 12, 6:30-7:45

  • April 19, 6:30-7:45

  • April 26, 6:30-7:45

  • May 3, 6:30-7:45


  • March 15, 6:30-7:45

  • March 22, 6:30-7:45

  • March 29, 6:30-7:45

Dress Rehearsal and Pictures

  • May 7, Sunday, after 11:00 Mass


  • May 13-14, Sat/Sun , During Mass