The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others.

The Church of the Holy Spirit offers Reconciliation at 7:30 AM Monday through Friday and at 3:30 PM on Saturdays or anytime by appointment.



First Confession - Sunday, February 10, 2019

  • Arrive no later than 2:45pm; we will begin promptly at 3:00pm
  • Help your students prepare with their examination of conscience
  • Help them with a “mock” (practice) confession
  • Recite their act of contrition with them each night before bed
  • First Confession is intended to be a family activity
  • Ice cream reception following in Spirit Hall


First Communion - Saturday, April 27th, 2019

  • Parents need to take their student to confession, as a family, the week before First Communion.
  • Mandatory Practice for students and parents:
    • Friday, April 26th at 6:00pm (we will start promptly, arrive by 5:45pm for seating assignments)
    • Seating assignments will only be made available the evening of practice, not before.
    • Seating request form is due by April 10, 2019 to Rita Kerschen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  If you do not turn one in you will have limited reserved seating.
  • Date of First Communion is Saturday, April 27th
    • Students must arrive no later than 8:45am for pictures
    • Mass will begin at 10:00am
    • There will be a reception in Spirit Hall following First Communion.
  • Attire for First Communion:
    • Girls:  White dress (or other color if needed)
      • Shoulders MUST be covered
      • A veil is NOT required
      • Simple is better.  The focus should be on the sacrament, not the dress.
      • No purses, rosaries, or other accessories during Mass.
    • Boys:  Slacks and a Dress Shirt and Tie
      • No jeans or cargo pants or shorts
      • Suits are most appropriate, but not required
      • No rosaries or other accessories during Mass
      • Dress shoes preferable.  Clean shoes Required.
  • Pictures for First Communion
    • Begin promptly at 8:45am
    • Individual students and then group before Mass and a picture of the student receiving communion by Professional
    • Order forms will be sent home with your child approximately one month prior and are due to Rita Kerschen by April 10th, 2019
    • No pictures during the service by parents / family
    • Parents may NOT take pictures while the professional photographer is working
    • Pictures with parents and family can be done afterward by the family