In order to prepare for the sacrament of First Reconciliation, a baptized child in at least second grade must have been attending Faith Formation classes and weekly Mass regularly for at least the previous year (i.e. during first grade). Formal preparation for the sacrament occurs during the fall and includes two Saturday morning classes in addition to regular attendance at Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes and weekly Mass. Parents are expected to be present for a part of each Saturday morning class. First Reconciliation occurs then during Advent (in December) as part of the parish’s Communal Reconciliation service.