RECONCILIATION AND

HOLY COMMUNION

In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, children in the 2nd grade, who have been baptized, receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time.

2022 Student link to virtual retreat: Preparing for the Sacraments

Preparing for First Holy Communion

How to Receive the Eucharist in Your Hands

1. Approach the altar with your hands folded.

2. When the person in front of you is receiving the Eucharist, stop and bow as sign of reverence to Jesus. Proceed to the priest.

3. When you reach the priest, cup your left hand and place your right hand under it. Think of your hands as a “throne” for Jesus. (You can switch this if you are left-handed). Lift your hands up to about chest level.

4. The priest will say, “The Body of Christ.” You say, “Amen.”

5. The priest places the Host in your hand and you step to the side. Take the Host in your right hand and place the Host in your mouth (and consume immediately).

6. Fold your hands and return to the pew. Kneel down and pray to Jesus thanking Him for allowing you to receive Him in Holy Communion.

How to Receive Holy Communion on the Tongue

1. Approach the altar with your hands folded.

2. When the person in front of you is receiving the Eucharist, stop and bow as a sign of reverence to Jesus. Proceed to the priest.

3. The priest will say, “The Body of Christ.” You say, “Amen.” Then tilt your head back a little, open your mouth and lay your tongue on your lower lip. The priest will place the Host on your tongue (consume immediately).

4. Fold your hands and return to the pew. Kneel down and pray to Jesus thanking Him for allowing you to receive Him in Holy Communion.


How to Receive the Precious Blood from the Chalice

1. Approach the priest who is holding the Chalice.

2. When the person in front of you is receiving the Precious Blood, stop and bow your head as a sign of reverence to Jesus. Proceed to the priest.

3. The priest or Deacon will say, “The Blood of Christ.” You say, “Amen.”

4. The priest or Deacon will hand you the Chalice.

5. Hold the Chalice with both hands and take a small sip. Give the Chalice back to the priest or Deacon.

6. Fold your hands and return to the pew. Kneel down and pray to Jesus, thanking Him for letting you receive Him in the Precious Blood.



HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST RECONCILIATION

(the sacrament of healing)

Practice an examination of conscience: (Do this each night before bed.)

  1. Responsibilities to God:

a. Have I spent time with God in prayer every day?

b. Have I been stubborn about praying and going to Mass on Sunday?

c. Have I asked God to help me when I have been tempted to sin?

  1. Responsibilities to others:

a. Have I been disobedient and disrespectful to my parents?

b. Have I lied or cheated?

c. Have I been stubborn about my responsibilities?

d. Have I been selfish with the things I have?

e. Have I gotten angry at anyone?

f. Have I hit anyone?

g. Is there anyone in my life that I need to forgive?

h. Have I made fun of others?

i. Have I used bad language?

j. Have I stolen anything?

k. Have I been helpful and loving toward my family?

l. Have I been thankful for the things I have instead of being jealous of others?

  1. Practice telling God you are sorry for your sins by saying the Act of Contrition. (Do this each night before bed.)

  2. During the sacrament of confession, the priest gives a voice to God’s forgiveness. God is forgiving you through the priest. He is there to help, not judge you. Your sins, confessed to the priest, will remain private. Confession puts your soul in the state of grace until the next time you sin.

Know that everyone sins. Sin is when we step away from Jesus through our bad choices. Receiving Jesus's grace, through the sacrament of confession, will heal you and help you to improve in the future as you draw closer to him again. God NEVER walks away from us or abandons us. We walk away from him through our sins.

~Remember Jesus’s love for you and his desire to draw you nearer to himself in this sacrament of healing.~

How to make your First Confession: