A visible sign which lets us know that Christ is giving His grace to the soul of the Sacrament’s recipient.
First Penance, Confession, Reconciliation
Penance, Confession, or Reconciliation is the Sacrament which brings us Christ’s forgiveness through the priest. At Our Lady of Grace, second graders are prepared within the context of parish CCD or school religion classes. First Confessions are usually held on two consecutive Monday evenings during the Lenten season. Adults are prepared within the context of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) classes.
Holy Communion, Eucharist, First Communion
The Sacrament of the Eucharist continues the saving work Christ began at the Last Supper when He changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood and offered Himself to God to save humanity.
Along with First Reconciliation, reception of the Eucharist traditionally takes place in second grade and requires attendance in both first and second grades. Reception of the Eucharist or First Holy Communion is usually celebrated on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May during four parish Masses. All children preparing to receive their First Eucharist must have already received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the recipient’s relationship with Christ and the Church while giving them the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to help them live their faith more effectively. In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Confirmation traditionally takes place in eighth grade. Parish 8th graders are prepared within the context of parish CCD classes or school religion class. Confirmation preparation has six key steps: 1) Enrollment Mass, 2) visit to St. Anthony’s Chapel, 3) Pastor’s Interview, 4) Saint research paper, 5) Spirit Day retreat, and 6) Service Project. Adults are prepared within the context of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) classes.