Sacramental Preparation Program

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Saint Bede Catholic Church welcomes families seeking First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for their baptized children.  This will be a special year for you and your children as they learn about the Mass and prepare for the sacraments.  Seeing the Mass and the sacraments anew through the eyes of a child can be a meaningful and spiritual experience for the whole family.

Parents and the parish collaborate to prepare 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 children at home.  This will help to prepare the children for receiving their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  The parish also provides study guide sheets to parents throughout the program.  Parents should work with their children on the “Before the Session” items on the study guide during the 3-4 weeks before the children's sessions.

Parents/guardians must attend an information meeting to receive instructions, session schedules, and their child's book.  This meeting will help parents deepen their 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. There are meetings in the late summer/early fall for First Reconciliation and meetings again in January for First Holy Communion.


Catechist-led Sessions

Children preparing to receive the sacraments will attend a total of eight catechist-led sessions to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  There are 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.  Multiple groups are provided on different days to help accommodate busy family schedules.


Sacramental Preparation Enrollment Requirements:

  • Age 7 - 17 (must be age seven by September 1, 2018)
  • Enrolled in Children's Faith Formation (More info for homeschool families...)
  • Baptism Certificate
    • If your child was not baptized at Saint Bede parish, you need to obtain a new baptism certificate with the church seal from your child's church of baptism, or from the Military Archdiocese ("keepsake" certificates will not meet our needs). Submit baptism certificates with the enrollment form and fee.
  • Sacramental Preparation Enrollment Form
  • Fee (Electronic, cash, or check to: "Saint Bede Catholic Church"  note: Sacramental Preparation)

All enrollment forms, certificates, and fees can be dropped off at the Reception Desk at Saint Bede Parish Office.  You may also mail them to 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, ATTN: Rita Hipple.



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 seven years of age but has NOT received the Sacrament of Baptism, contact Michelle Tomshack at (757) 229-3631 ext. 2309 or for more information.


Sacramental Preparation Enrollment for the 2018-2019 Year will begin soon!


Contact Rita Hipple, Children's Faith Formation Coordinator, at or (757) 229-3631 ext. 2303 if you have any questions.