First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
The Diocese of Charlotte requires at least one full year of formal religious education (Catholic school or faith formation) prior to receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, and at least two full years of formal religious education prior to receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. Therefore, if your child is in public or private (not Catholic) school, your child must be registered in first grade faith formation in order to receive the sacraments in second grade. Catholic school children must also register with the St. Matthew Office of Faith Formation when they are in second grade to prepare to receive the sacraments.
If your child is older than second grade and has not received the sacraments, St. Matthew offers a program called Special Sacraments to prepare them. This program is a two-year commitment as well, and will include one year of religious education in the grade level equal to their school grade, followed by a year in Special Sacraments to receive both First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist.
Outside of formal religious education, St. Matthew provides families with a sacramental preparation book designed to be completed by parent and child. It is also required that a parent attend a Parent Learning Opportunity in September for preparation of First Reconciliation and in January for preparation of First Holy Eucharist. These opportunities are offered to comply with diocesan guidelines and to support parents as the primary educators of their child in the Catholic faith. The final step of preparing is a Sacramental Parent-Child Retreat held in November for First Reconciliation and in April for First Eucharist.
A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be on file with the Office of Faith Formation prior to reception of the sacraments.
First Eucharist Parent Learning Opportunities
One parent needs to attend one of the parent learning meetings held in the sanctuary of the main campus.
Choose from the following opportunities:
- Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 am
- Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 am
- Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 pm
The first Eucharist retreat is Saturday, April 1.
The celebration of the sacrament of first Eucharist is Friday, May 5, at 7 pm and Saturday, May 6, at 9 am, 11 am and 2 pm.
Sacramental Coordinator: Lori Mathews 704-541-8362 x 5
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation of our youth is offered under the direction of our Faith Formation program. Preparation occurs during the seventh and eighth grades and concludes in the ninth grade. For more information, contact Barb Kohler at 704-541-8362 x 3.
Adults seeking Confirmation should inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program. Please call Tom Lindemuth at 704-543-7677 x 1063.