First Eucharist (Communion) and First Reconciliation (Confession)
In 2nd grade or older, we prepare children to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation (January) and First Eucharist (last Sunday in April). We use a sacramental preparation program taken from the Sadlier Sacrament Program. The students receive a book for both sacraments that they use at either Religious Education classes on Monday afternoons (public school students) or during the day at IHM School (IHM School students).
The First Reconciliation book gives children a beginning experience of what it means to know right from wrong, to be sorry, and to make up or reconcile. It helps them understand everyone’s need both to ask forgiveness and to give forgiveness. The aim is that early positive experience of this sacrament as one of peace and forgiveness will also motivate them to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis.
The First Communion book is rooted in the Mass so the children and their families will develop a deep and abiding love for Eucharist through celebrations shared in the supportive embrace of the family and the parish. The Mass is presented as the central expression of our Catholic faith in which Christ is really present to us. The children are prepared to celebrate the Eucharist for the first time with reverence, understanding, and hope.
Along with studying the books and attending religious education classes, families play a large role in the preparation process. Throughout the year, there are several meetings/retreats where parents and children attend together to learn more about their faith and the particular sacrament. These meetings give families a chance to renew and learn more about their faith.
If you have any questions about the Sacrament of First Reconciliation or First Communion, please contact Margaret Breunig Clark at 221-1001 or email@example.com.
First Eucharist for adults being received in the Church is shared at the Easter Vigil.
Communion Ministry to the Homebound
IHM offers regular Communion distribution by trained lay ministers. Frequency depends upon the wants of the homebound person. If you are in need of receiving Communion in your home, or if you’d like to assist with taking Communion to our home-bound parishioners, please contact the parish office (608) 221-1521.
Holy Hour and Adoration
Weekly on Wednesday mornings, following 7:00 Mass, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the church.