First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

First Reconciliation will be celebrated the first semester of the 2nd Grade year. The children are prepared during regular PSR classes. In addition, there will be a Reconciliation Enrollment Ceremony. Important dates below:

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm. in the Main Church
First Reconciliation Enrollment
This is a time of prayer for all Ascension families that are preparing a member(s) for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.  Our First Reconciliation Candidates and their families (all family members are welcome, but at least one parent is required) are expected at this evening of prayer.   Arrival prior to 7 pm & church dress attire is encouraged for this 40 minute ceremony.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:00 am. in the Main Church
Sacrament of First Reconciliation 
A time to celebrate as our candidates will receive God's grace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The service will begin at 10:00am. The candidates will receive the sacrament first, during this time --parents, family and friends are encouraged to pray silently.  Once all the candidates & catechists have received the Sacrament, they will be asked to join in the back of the main church to be escorted by their catechists to the MPR for fellowship and treats. Next, the priests will remain available for all family and friends to receive the sacrament. Church attire is highly encouraged for this; Please, no jeans, sweat pants, or athletic gear.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 am.-Noon, Beginning in the Main Church then in the School.
Catechetical Mass and First Communion Retreat
It is for all candidates preparing to receive their First Holy Communion.  The Mass and workshop are designed for a parent to accompany the student throughout the morning.  What is a Catechetical Mass?  It is a mass with special instructions!  The Priest will lead our families in prayer as he also leads with instructions about the mass and the importance of so many elements of the sacred liturgy.
After the Mass, we will join in the school for drinks & treats and will proceed through a workshop of instruction, crafts, music & prayer.  Again, as we celebrate the Holy Mass, we encourage appropriate church dress attire.
At the end of the workshop---
          

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm. in the Main Church
First Communion Bread Service 
This is a time of prayer for our First Communicants and their families. This is truly a Bread Service; a tradition at Ascension...the children will process to the altar to receive a loaf of Blessed Bread to take home to share with the whole family.  Arrival prior to 7 pm & church dress attire is encouraged for this 40 minute ceremony.


Friday, April 26, 2019
#1 of 2 First Communion Practices
We will begin in the multipurpose room and end in the main church.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 
5:30-6:30 pm - Professional Individual portraits in Main Church, please try to have order form turned in prior to this evening.  No appointment times, come when you can.

Friday, May 3, 2019
#2 of 2 First Communion Practice
We will begin in the multipurpose room and end in the main church.  Final date & time to turn in banner.

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Mass Times: 10:00am and 1:00pm. depending on your assigned mass.
First Communion candidates are needed to arrive in the multipurpose room 1 hour prior to their First Communion Mass.

DRESS ATTIRE FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
White attire is to remind us all of our Baptism. Students will profess their faith and enter into their second step of Christian Initiation.

Girls: White dress; Please, no junior bridesmaid dresses; Length is to be below knees; Short sleeves OK however, NO spaghetti straps; Veil is optional; No gloves or purses.
Boys: Blue jacket, khaki pants, white shirt and tie. (Several blue jackets have been donated for the intention of lending out -if interested, please contact our coordinator)