“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; 
whoever eats this bread will live forever; 
and the bread that I will give 
is my flesh for the life of the world.”
 – John 6:5

The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion are among the greatest gifts that God has given to us.  In them our sins are forgiven and we receive his fullness in the Eucharist.

Due to the current situation of the pandemic, scheduling dates and times to receive the Sacraments will be determined at a future date. 

Please contact Teri in the Religious Ed Office with any questions or concerns 847-537-9458, ttoenjes@stmarybg.org 

Preparation for First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion

Preparation for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation is done on a parish-wide basis. Students in second grade or older begin preparing for Reconciliation in September and will receive the Sacrament in December.   They will then begin preparing for First Eucharist in January and will receive the Sacrament in early May.  For children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion, students MUST have completed the first grade year or (one year of an older grade) before starting the year of immediate preparation for the Sacraments.  This means that they will be completing their second year of Religious Education when they receive First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  

Families attending Saint Mary School and Saint Mary Religious Education Program will join together as they prepare for their Sacraments for Parent meetings, retreats and for their First Communion Mass.