Children will typically make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in the second grade. Whether home-schooled, in the public-school system attending religious education released-time (Heroes of Faith), or whether attending the Catholic School (Holy Trinity), students are required to participate in additional sacramental preparation to receive the First Sacraments. Formation typically takes place in the fall for First Reconciliation and in the spring for First Holy Communion.
Guidelines from Bishop Joseph Siegel and the Diocese of Evansville include the following essentials:
- The candidate must be at least sixteen years of age at the time they celebrate the sacrament.
- The candidate must have participated in previous religious education in the parish program or Catholic school and demonstrate an understanding of Jesus, His teachings and the value and practices of the Catholic faith.
- Preparation includes parent and sponsor involvement, a retreat experience, and some form of service.
- Bishop Siegel encourages the candidate to choose a saint’s name. They can also use their baptismal name.
- A letter by the candidate to Bishop Siegel is required. The letter should indicate the candidate’s understanding of Confirmation and desire to be confirmed.
- Confirmation sessions are focused solely on Confirmation. The parish is to determine the time frame of the sessions.
- Be regularly attending Mass and celebrating Eucharist.
- Have participated in the sacrament of Reconciliation as part of the immediate preparation for the celebration of Confirmation.