Saint Brigid Religious Education
100 Mayflower Street
West Hartford, CT 06110

2017 First Penance (Reconciliation) & First Holy Communion


Our second grade children will begin the Sacramental Program, where they are prepared for and will receive their First Penance and First Holy Communion.

This is a very important time for them, because as Christians, they will be receiving the forgiveness of the Lord as well as coming to the Table of the Lord for the first time.



The date for our First Penance class to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be at the beginning of April.  More information along with the date will be sent home with your child.

Before the children go to confession, the children should examine their conscience. This means that you are bringing to mind the things that you have done that you should not have done, and the things that you should have done that you did not do, especially the things that have hurt God and others. In order for your sins to be forgiven, you need to be sorry for your sins and be willing to try not to do them again.

After their examination of conscience, the children will go into the Reconciliation Room and sit on the chair facing Father. We are teaching the children to receive the Sacrament the universal way: They will begin by making the Sign of the Cross and saying: “Bless me Father for I have sinned. This is my first confession. These are my sins” (They will then tell Father their sins). After telling Father their sins, they should say the Act of Contrition. Following our First Penance Ceremony, we invite everyone to our First Penance party down stairs in the Church Hall.


The First Communion class will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Brigid Church, 1088 New Britain Avenue.

Our rehearsal date will be Friday evening, May 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Brigid Church. Because the each child has a part in the ceremony it is very important that each child attend the rehearsal.


Dress code for First Communion Children:

  • Girls: White dress, shoes (no sneakers), headpiece (veil, flowers etc.) Gloves are optional. Gloves will not be worn when they come up for Communion. We are providing a wrist corsage for the girls.
  • Boys: White shirt, white tie (we will provide the white tie), dress slacks, shoes (no sneakers!) No jacket or sport coat will be worn during the ceremony).

We ask all parents, to help us to prepare the children. Take time to pray with your child and attend Mass. Also, take a few minutes to review the class work with your child.  Just a couple minutes each day to go over prayers will set a good habit.This is very important because it will help to reinforce what your child has learned in class each week.


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