Two Sacraments are received in the 2nd grade for the first time: Reconciliation and Eucharist. These two Sacraments lay the rest of a Catholic's life, as they are 2 of only 3 Sacraments a Catholic may receive more than once during their life (the Anointing of the Sick is the other). Because of this fact, preparation for the reception of these Sacraments must be approached with care and attention. For that reason, preparation for these Sacraments is completed independent of other religious education and with more direct parent involvement. Participation in religious education for two consecutive years prior to receiving these Sacraments (i.e. 1st and 2nd grade) is required for all students; this ensures the necessary formation for their reception.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance, celebrates God's ever-present love and infinite mercy for us, as well as forms our consciences to live a more Christ-centered life. Preparation for this Sacrament includes a parent meeting in October and a workbook to be completed with parents at home. The Sacrament is traditionally celebrated at the parish's Communal Penance during Advent.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist, or First Communion, commemorates and re-presents (makes present again) the Paschal Sacrifice of Christ. Through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ opened for us the doors of heaven, and there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). It is the Sacrament of Sacraments, the source from which all other Sacraments flow, since it is the Body and Blood of Christ Himself. Preparation for this Sacrament begins with regular participation in religious education and weekly participation at Sunday Mass. Included also in the preparation for this Sacrament is a day retreat for students, an interview, and an at-home workbook to be completed with parents. First Communion is celebrated during the Spring, on the last Sunday of April, with a rehearsal the Thursday evening before the Sacrament.