First Reconciliation & First Eucharist

SHFirstCommunion2015-0337Sacred Heart offers immediate preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for children. Sessions are held throughout the year, from September through May, with the reception of the Sacraments celebrated during the winter and spring.

Parent Information Workshops
We ask that parents attend the Parent Orientation that explains the preparation program and serves as a great chance to meet other parents and ask questions. The session will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium at the North Campus (3515 N. Florida Ave). The orientation must be attended by at least one parent desiring to enroll their child(ren) for preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist during the 2019-2020 Catechetical Year.

Sacrament Preparation Workshops
Children are expected to attend various workshops throughout the year, accompanied by at least one parent. Workshops are typically held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the North Campus. Attendance at all workshops is expected for this parish and family based experience of faith.

Program Fee
In order to cover the costs of curriculum and supplies for sessions and retreats the parish has established the following costs:

  • $100.00 per child

Please note: The Diocese of St. Petersburg requires at least two years of consecutive Faith Formation, whether in a Catholic parochial school or parish Faith Formation program, prior to the celebration of the Sacraments.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed in all sorts of roles:

  • Catechists and assistants
  • Office staff
  • Hospitality
  • Administrative and more

If you love working with children and admire their eagerness, curiosity, and playful spirit, and you love sharing your faith with others, our Faith Formation ministries might just be for you.

  • Time Commitment:  As scheduled throughout the traditional school year:
    • Sacramental Preparation: Monthly workshops, retreats, and various catechist meetings.
  • Responsibilities:  Varies depending on the activities you choose to participate in during the year, but could include:
    • Leading or supporting weekly or monthly classes or workshops
    • Putting together lesson plans
    • Providing snacks or refreshments
    • Clerical support as needed
  • Training:  Training is provided by the parish along with all materials needed. Please note: the Diocese of St. Petersburg requires background checks with fingerprinting and Safe Environment Training for all who participate in ministry with children.


Key Dates



Maria Giral,
Associate Director of Faith Formation