religious education
When will my child receive the sacraments?
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First Penance, sometimes referred to as First Reconciliation or First Confession, is celebrated in the second grade except for special circumstances. First Penance is always celebrated prior to First Communion. Please be sure to check with your local parish well in advance concerning preparation expectations which in some cases can be two years.


First Communion, sometimes referred to as First Eucharist, is celebrated in the third grade except for special circumstances. Please be sure to check with your local parish well in advance concerning preparation expectations which in some cases can be two years.


Confirmation is celebrated in the 11th grade in the Diocese of Erie unless other arrangements have been made between the parish and the Bishop. Please be sure to check with your local parish well in advance concerning preparation expectations which in some cases can be three years.