“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 Reconciliation is closely tied to the Eucharist, enabling us to partake of the Sacrifice of the Mass with a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.


Normally, First Reconciliation 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. Due to COVID-19, much of our religious education will take place online, with a few in person meetings (see the K-5 Religious Education page for more information). In addition, all students and their parents must attend a series of classes for First Reconciliation (fall) and First Holy Communion (spring).


There is a $30 fee to cover the cost of online curriculum materials associated with First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. If you are enrolled in K-5 religious education, the fee for First Reconciliation/Communion is included.

Click here for the 2020-2021 Registration.

2020-2021 Letter with Class Calendar


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.