"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." (CCC 1422)*
First Reconciliation for Children
Children prepare for First Reconciliation when they are in the second grade. They are required to have already completed at least one year of documented religious education at St. Andrew or at another Catholic parish before beginning their First Reconciliation preparation.
First Reconciliation for Adults
Adults prepare for First Reconciliation by participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
RCIA is a process of discernment and education for unbaptized adults who wish to become Catholic. Those baptized in another Christian faith may also participate in this process to come into full communion with the Catholic church. Adults who complete RCIA receive First Reconciliation several weeks before the Easter vigil Mass.
*Excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church