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First Reconciliation and Eucharist

We are honored to invite the children to prepare for Eucharist, a Sacrament of Initiation. There are few moments in life that are remembered so tenderly as First Communion. Eucharist is about gathering at the Lord’s table where all are welcome to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Weekly, we gather with the community to be renewed in our faith, challenged and encouraged by the Word, nourished and strengthened by the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance, (also known as Reconciliation), are intimately connected.  In the Roman Church, preparation for and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation precedes that of First Communion.  In his death and resurrection Christ overcomes sin and retores communion between the Father and humanity.  God's super-abundant love and mercy also lie at the heart of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Human beings always stand within the the Father's call to repentance and grace. Our God so desires to reconcile, to forgive, and to be in communion with each of us.

Students celebrating First Eucharist in second grade must have been enrolled at St. Barnabas Catholic School or in Religious Education in first grade. There is a Eucharist fee of $40.00 per child. For further details, please contact the Religious Education Office, 773-445-3450. (Click here for First Eucharist Information Sheet)



September 28
7:00 PM - Church Hall
Parent Meeting for First Eucharist and Reconciliation
(Parents only!)
October 1 10:00 AM Sunday Mass
First Eucharist Enrollment of Candidates
November 9 6:30 PM – Church
First Reconciliation Family Gathering
Parents and child
**Information sheets due
December 5 6:30 PM – Church
Sacrament of Reconciliation
March 7 4:00 - 6:00 PM – School Hall
1st Communion Pictures (Optional)
March 15 6:30 PM - Church 
First Eucharist Family Evening of Reflection
Parents and child
***Banners & Communion Fees are due
May 1 6:30 PM – Church
1st Eucharist Rehearsal 
May 5 10:00 AM Mass - Saturday
First Eucharist Celebration
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