Archdiocese of Chicago

Preparing Children for the Sacraments

Preparing your children to celebrate First Eucharist, First Reconciliation and Confirmation takes only awareness and a bit of God's grace. Watch this space for practical ways to deepen a child's understanding of the Sacraments.


Ask your child to tell you the similarities between Sunday Mass and Easter. Explain to your child that every time Catholics celebrate Mass we are reminded of the events of Holy Week. The priest uses words of Jesus at the last supper and we receive the risen Jesus in the Eucharist.


In times of trouble every child should be able to say the words of the Prayer of Sorrow from their heart. Every day from now until Easter Sunday, recite the prayer of sorrow with your child:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.


Name the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit for your child: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Courage, Counsel/Right Judgment, Reverence, Wonder and Awe in the Lord. Ask your child to tell you the one gift they want most to receive at their Confirmation and why. Parents can say which gift they would like more of and why.