Saint Luke Feast Day Mass and Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick ~ Wednesday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Sacramental Preparation Program

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

 Many blessings and continued prayers to all of the parish children that received First Holy Communion in the months of April and May 2017!


All 2017 First Holy Communion children and their families are cordially invited by Monsignor Keeney to take part in the annual Corpus Christi Mass and procession on Sunday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m. All First Holy Communion children are asked to wear their special First Holy Communion outfits to this celebration!

A sign up and details will be sent to all 2017 First Holy Communion families!

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 print, complete and submit a Sacramental Preparation Enrollment form and $45.00 registration fee for each child entering the program. This fee is SEPARATE from the Sunday Chilrden's Faith Formation fee.  Pay Sacramental Preparation Fee online!

  • 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 is open!


Parents are required to attend one of the information meetings in August 2017, 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.  A sign up to will be sent to all parents in July!


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.