Sacramental Preparation Program

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Please continue to pray for all of our parish children who have just finished their Sacramental Preparation classes and are receiving First Holy Communion at the end of April and during the month of May, 2017! Many blessings to all of these children and their families!


Families still needing to make their Sacramental Preparation Program payment for the 2016-2017 school year, please click link below:

Pay Sacramental Preparation Fee online!

Sacramental Preparation Program 2017-2018:

Saint Bede Catholic Church welcomes families seeking First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for their baptized children who are at least 7 years of age by September 1st.

The Sacramental Preparation Program at Saint Bede Catholic Church oversees and coordinates sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for all children of the parish no matter where they attend school.  Please note that instruction on the sacraments received at Catholic schools or being homeschooled does not fulfill the Diocese's requirement for sacramental preparation, and that it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to approach the parish to request sacraments for their children.


Children preparing to receive the sacraments must be enrolled in our parish Sacramental Preparation Program, and concurrently receive faith formation through participation in the parish Children's Faith Formation Program, Catholic school, or if homeschooled, through study of an approved religion curriculum.


This will be a special year for you and your child.  Seeing the Mass and the sacraments anew through the eyes of a child as they learn about the Mass and prepare for the sacraments can be a meaningful and spiritual experience for the whole family.


Parents and parish collaborate to prepare the children to receive the sacraments through a combination of parent-led home learning, and a limited number of parish-based, catechist-led sessions for children.  Children should also participate regularly with their family in the Sunday Mass.  


Parent-led Learning

Parents/Guardians are provided with a book to work through with their child at home to prepare them for receiving their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  The parish provides learning objective/study guide sheets to parents throughout the program prior to each parish-based child groupsession.


Catechist-led Sessions

Children preparing to receive the sacraments will attend a total of eight (8) catechist-led sessions to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion - four sessions for each sacrament, one session per month from September - April.  The catechist-led sessions are designed to reinforce and supplement what the children are learning at home.  Parents should work with their children on the “Before the Session” prep guidelines that are on the study guide provided by the parish during the 3-4 weeks prior to the child session.  Multiple groups are provided on different days to help accommodate busy family schedules.


How to Enroll Your Child in the Program: Registration is open NOW for  the 2017-2018 school year!


  • Please complete and submit an Enrollment form  and $45.00 fee for each child entering the program. This fee is SEPARATE from the Sunday Chilrden's Faith Formation fee.

  • If your child was not baptized here at Saint Bede parish, you must obtain a new baptism certificate with the church seal from your child's church of baptism, or from the Military Archdiocese (Note:  Original 'keepsake" certificates received at time of baptism will not meet our needs).  The baptism certificate should be submitted with the Enrollment Form and fee.

  • If you have recently moved to the area and need to enroll your child into the Sacramental Preparation program, to finish a program that was already started at a previous parish, please provide a letter from the previous parish stating that you child was attending the Sacramental program.

  • Parents/guardians must attend an information meeting to receive instructions, session schedules and their child's book. This meeting will also help parents deepen their own understanding of the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and prepare them for their role in the home-based component of the Sacramental Preparation Program.

*If your child is between 8 and 17 years of age, has been baptized, and is ready to prepare to receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, contact Rita Hipple at 757-229-3631, ext. 2303 or for more information.







*If your child is at least 7 years of age but has NOT received the Sacrament of Baptism, contact Michelle Tomshack at, or at 757-229-3631, ext. 2309.







Enrollment for 2017-2018 Sacramental Preparation classes opens on Sunday, April 23, 2017!


Parents are required to attend an information meeting, led by Monsignor Keeney in preparation for First Reconciliation. These meetings will be held on August 17 and on August 24, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., in the Parish Ministry level.  Sign up will be open on Sunday, April 23, 2017.


Sacramental Preparation Enrollment

Parents will also be required to attend an information meeting, led by Monsignor Keeney in preparation for First Holy Communion in January 2018. Dates TBD.


If you have any questions, please contact Rita Hipple, Children's Faith Formation Coordinator - or at

757-229-3631, ext. 2303




Sacramental Preparation Parent Meetings for First Reconciliation


Thursday, August 17, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, August 24, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Meeting Location:  

Parish Ministry Level. Sign in at the front desk in the Parish office.


Sacramental Prep

Children's Groups



(Signup will be available after the parent meeting dates)


First Communion Masses

Spring 2018


The selection of First Communion celebration Masses will begin in January 2018 after the children's First Reconciliation.