Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist


Dear Parents:


I am writing to you as pastor of Our Lady of the Rockies to share good news for your child and family. As your child is currently in Grade 1 or above, he/she is a potential candidate for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist next school year.  With the support and engagement of you as parents, the parish and the Catholic school community, I look forward to assisting your family as your child prepares to joyfully receive the gifts of these Sacraments.


His Excellency, Most Reverend William T. McGrattan, Bishop of Calgary, is bringing the parishes of the Diocese together to offer a Sacrament Preparation Program that is consistent in form and content. This initiative is designed to assist the home, school and parish in nurturing the faith of your child as you prepare them for receiving the sacraments.


The Catholic parishes in the Diocese work closely with the school communities.  The Catholic schools provide Religious and Family Life Education for your child and the parishes provide the immediate Sacrament Preparation Program for your child.  The Program will be offered at the parishes. 


There will be a Parent Information Session to further explain the Sacrament Preparation Program and how you can continue to support your child’s faith development. The Parent Information Session will be held on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 7 PM at Our Lady of the Snows.


Additionally, there are four (4) sessions and a retreat to prepare for First Reconciliation as well as four (5) sessions and a retreat for to prepare for First Eucharist.  There will be sessions for children along with concurrent sessions for parents at the same time. The sessions run for 90 minutes. These dates can be found in the following chart to support your family’s schedule planning.


First Reconciliation

First Communion

Thursday, October 3rd: 6-7 PM

Thursday, February 6th: 6-7 PM

Thursday, November 7th: 6-7 PM

Thursday, March 5th: 6-7 PM

Thursday, December 5th: 6-7 PM

Thursday, April 2nd: 6-7 PM

Thursday, January 9th: 6-7 PM

Thursday, May 7th: 6-7 PM

Sunday, January 12th: 1-3 PM (Retreat)

Saturday, June 13th: 1-3 PM (Retreat)


Sunday, June 14th: 10 AM (First Communion)