“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;

whoever eats this bread will live forever;

and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”


— John 6:51

Receiving the Holy Eucharist is a milestone in the life of every Catholic. The Sacrament of Penance is closely tied to the Eucharist, enabling us to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass more worthily and to receive Holy Communion more fruitfully.


Normally, First Penance and First Holy Communion take place when a child is in the second grade, although they can occur at other times. To receive these sacraments, children must already be baptized in the Catholic Church and attend either religious education classes or a Catholic school. In addition, all students and their parents must attend a series of classes for First Penance (fall) and First Holy Communion (spring).


The parish assesses a $40 fee to cover the cost of instructional materials associated with First Penance and First Holy Communion. (This fee is in addition to the $40 religious education fee.)

Click here for the 2019-2020 letter with class calendar. 


Click here for the 2019-2020 registration.

The Rite for Reconciliation of Individual Penitents with prayers can be found here

For more information, contact Ben Fleser, the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis (

Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of the Diocese of Richmond to notify civil authorities by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064, and then contacting the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Jennifer Sloan at 1-877-887-9603.