First Reconciliation

The community of St. John Neumann Church is privileged to journey with our parents as they prepare their children for First Reconciliation. Children celebrate this sacrament for the first time in the fall of their second year of formation.

Typically, the celebration of First Reconciliation happens in 2nd Grade. To prepare your child for Reconciliation follow this typical pattern:

  • Enroll your child in 1st Grade and 2nd Grade Youth Faith Formation
  • In the fall of your child’s 2nd Grade, attend the required parent meeting to learn more about the sacrament.
  • Attend the First Reconciliation celebration with your child and family, usually scheduled during the Advent season.

What if you have a child older than the typical Second Grade age who has not yet celebrated this sacrament? Please call the Faith Formation Office. We can work together to get your child caught up to their current grade level and prepare older children to celebrate their First Communion and Reconciliation. The policy is for children to be in faith formation for a full year before beginning formation for Reconciliation and Communion.

We ask all families to attend Mass weekly. Parents are also asked to celebrate Reconciliation regularly as a model to their children. If it has been a while since you experienced God’s mercy and love in this sacrament, visit for a great refresher on what to say and do.

Contact Information
Kristi Loar
Youth Faith Formation Coordinator
630-377-2797 ext 114

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