Sacramental Preparation

sacramental preperationPreparing our children to receive the Sacraments

Preparing children to receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation at Holy Family is done collaboratively between Family Faith and Holy Family Catholic Academy (HFCA). The sacramental preparation sessions are conducted outside of and in addition to class time.

Why not do all of sacramental preparation during their Faith or HFCA religion classes?

  • We want to have parents integrally involved in the sacramental life of their child as teachers and mentors.
  • We want to foster a spirit of community and cooperation between the families of both Family Faith and HFCA.


  1. Children preparing to receive a sacrament are asked to have at least two years of formal religious education prior to the reception of the sacrament. Children wishing to receive First Communion in the spring of second grade must have be enrolled in either Family Faith classes or HFCA by the fall of first grade. This policy is part of best practice recommendations from both the Archdiocese of Chicago and The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is standard practice in all our neighboring parishes.

    Grace period granted for 2016-17

    Because this is a new policy for Holy Family there will be one year’s grace period. All children wishing to receive First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the spring of 2017 must be registered and present on the first day of class.

  2. Children who were not baptized in a Catholic Church must make a Profession of Faith. This can be done at any weekend liturgy outside of Advent or Lent or during the weekly Holy Family Catholic Academy Mass, prior to the reception of First Communion and after the parents have met with Dr. Peg Hanrahan, Director of Family Faith.
  3. Children with significant gaps in their formal religious education will be asked to do additional study to make up the work they missed. Religious education like all educational endeavors builds upon the mastery of foundational concepts and the development of certain skill sets. When substantive gaps exist in a child/teen’s learning it hampers their ability to understand new and more complex concepts and develop the skills needed to apply what they learn. Students with significant gaps in their religious education will be assessed on their understanding of Catholic teaching and practices. Parents will be asked to work with their students to achieve grade level mastery.


The RCIC at Holy Family is open to all parishioners who want to prepare their school age child/ren (6-13) for the sacraments of initiation. This program is designed for

  • Those who have not been baptized,
  • Those were baptized in another Christian Church (Lutheran, Baptist, Evangelical…) and now want to receive First Eucharist
  • who are baptized but have not received any formal religious education or the sacraments of Reconciliation or Eucharist.