First Holy Communion and Reconciliation

Then the children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray.  Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.   (Mt. 19:13-14)

In keeping with Jesus’ words and desires, St. Raphael parish welcomes children into the Church, through teaching and training.  The Religious Education department helps children to understand the nature of sacraments at an age-appropriate level. 

First Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday in May for 2nd grade students.  Preparation is part of the regular religious education program and is supplemented with special activities each spring.

First Reconciliation is celebrated as part of the 2nd  grade program.