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Sacramental Preparation Program

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

*The majority of our parish children in the Sacramental Preparation program from the 2019-2020 school year have finally been able to receive their First Holy Communion in July and August 2020! Please continue to pray for all of our young parishoners, that they are able to stay close to Jesus and continue to recieve Him, in the Holy Eucharist.

The Diocese of Richmond and Saint Bede Catholic Church welcomes families seeking First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for their baptized children.  This will be a special year for you and your children as they learn about the Mass and prepare for the sacraments.  Seeing the Mass and the sacraments anew through the eyes of a child can be a meaningful and spiritual experience for the whole family.

Per the Diocese of Richmond, parents/guardians and the parish collaborate in preparing children to receive the sacraments through a combination of parent-led home learning, and a limited number of parish-based, catechist-led sessions for children. Children should also participate regularly with their family in the Sunday Mass.  

COVID UPDATE:-Sacramental Preparation for the 2020-2021 school year: We will be offering an in person Sacramental Preparation program, for children and parents, to start at the end of September 2020.

Due to the current Covid restrictions, the start time of each session and how many children we are allowed to have in a session, for social distancing and sanitizing is not flexible as it has been in past years. We must comply with all social distancing, masks and temperature requirements. We appreciate your patience and understanding with the new guidelines this year. We are all in this together!

Dates for Sacramental Preparation sessions for First Reconciliation are listed below. Please review ALL the dates, for September-December and let us know which night you will will either be a Monday night family, a Tuesday night family or a Thursday night family.

Parent session are held at the same time as the children's sessions for all the sessions.

The September parent session will be an orientetion to the program and a talk from one of our priests. This will happen at all of the September dates below.

Mondays: Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7

Tuesdays: Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 (Dec. 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation) OR

Wednesdays: Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10

These sessions are to prepare the children to receive their First Reconciliation January 2021.

The First Holy Communion sessions will begin in January 2021.

Sacramental Preparation is two parts:

1. Parent-led learning (home based component):

Parents/guardians attend an orientation meeting in September, with a member of our clergy,  to receive information on the preparation program, session schedules, guidance as to how we as church can assist you through this year and receive their child's book.  This meeting will help parents deepen their understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prepare them for their role in the home-based component of the Sacramental Preparation program. 

2. In person Catechist-led sessions:

Children preparing to receive the sacraments will attend a total of eight catechist-led sessions to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  There are four sessions for each sacrament, one evening session per month from September - April.  The catechist-led sessions for the children are designed to reinforce and supplement what the children are learning at home with their first catechists, their parents. The children learn to encounter Jesus the Good Shepherd,  in a very personal way, through learning the Word of God in a classroom setting and in the Atrium - a special environment used in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Two groups are offered on at least three different evenings of the week, to help accommodate busy family schedules and our current Covid restrictions. While the children are participating in their sessions, the parents/guardians meet together (with Covid restrictions in place) to learn and discuss topics relevant to the Sacramental Preparation process and form a supportive community.

  • Children age 7-17, has been Baptized (must be age seven by September 30, 2020) 
  • Baptized children 7-8 years of age are in age-appropriate sessions.
  • Baptized children between 9 and 17 years of age are in age-appropriate sessions, on a specific evening of the Sacramental Preparation week. Their evening sessions are chosen based on the catechists' availability.
  • Enrolled ON-LINE in either: our current Children's Faith Formation program OR enrolled in an approved homeschool/family faith formation program OR attend a local Catholic school that provides weekly Catholic faith formation. There is no cost for the CFF program for the 2020-2021 school year, only for the cost of the supplies used for Sacramental Preparation ($45.00 for the year)
  • Copy of children's Baptismal Certificate:
    • If your child was not baptized at Saint Bede parish, you need to obtain a new baptismal certificate with the church seal from your child's church of baptism, or from the Military Archdiocese ("keepsake" certificates will not meet our requirements). Submit Baptismal certificates with the enrollment form and fee.
  • Enrolled ON-LINE in our Sacramental Preparation Program. You enroll for this at the same time you enroll for the CFF program.
  • Enrollment fees paid for ONLY Sacramental Preparation, for the 2020-2021 school year. Invoices will be sent to only Sacramental Preparation families  once they are registered. Cash and check payments can be made directly to the Parish Office. Electronic payments need to be made through our website link. (Cash, or check to: "Saint Bede Catholic Church"  note: Sacramental Preparation). If you have a concern about this, please reach out to me in the church office, 757-229-3631, ext. 2303 or at

All Baptismal certificates and fees can be dropped off at the Reception Desk at Saint Bede Parish Office, once the ON-LINE enrollment has been completed. You may also bring them to either the September or October Sacramental Preparation sessions. You may also mail them to 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, ATTN: Rita Hipple.

Unbaptized children over the age of seven:

If your child is at least seven years of age but has NOT received the Sacrament of Baptism, contact Michelle Tomshack at (757) 229-3631 ext. 2309 or for more information.





Rita Hipple at 

Mailing Address:

Saint Bede Catholic Church 

3686 Ironbound Road

Williamsburg, VA  23188

ATTN: Rita Hipple - Sac. Prep.