Two-Year Sacramental Preparation
Prince of Peace honors the Archdiocesan directive regarding Sacramental Preparation, which maintains that a person is best-served by a two-year preparatory period for First Holy Communion. The Prince of Peace Christian Formation Office (CFO) offers meetings and retreats to supplement religious education during these years.
1st Grade, Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation
Elementary SOR 1st Graders attend a Bible Boot Camp retreat with their parents. At this event, our children receive the St. Mary's Press Catholic Children's Bible and the tools to initiate a lifelong love of and study of Sacred Scripture.
2nd Grade, Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation
In the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, First Reconciliation and then First Holy Communion commonly take place during the 2nd Grade year. At Prince of Peace, we provide formal preparation in addition to what our children are receiving, either at POP School or through the School of Religion (SOR).
Elementary SOR children who attended 1st Grade religious education and are now in 2nd Grade SOR, as well as POP School 2nd Graders, make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in their 2nd Grade year.
Prince of Peace celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the first half of the school year and the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the second half of the 2nd Grade year. One cannot worthily receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist without the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In the fall, parents attend a parent meeting and then the First Reconciliation Retreat with their children. Fully prepared, their child then makes his/her First Confession.
In the spring, parents again attend an informational preparatory meeting and then the First Communion Retreat with their children. Fully prepared, their child then makes his/her First Communion.
Enjoy this beautiful seasion with your child, and help him/her grow into a full, healthy, sacramental life of frequent Confession and reception of the Eucharist.
Sacramental Preparation for Older Children
Children in the 3rd-6th Grade enjoy their Elementary SOR Classes and Home Lessons with their peers. They then attend an additional monthly Small Group Sacramental Preparation (SGSP) class.
Children in the 7th-12th Grade work with the Director of Youth and Youth Adult Ministry to make their Sacraments. Anyone older than high school-age attends RCIA.
For those children in the 3rd-6th Grade preparing to receive the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and/or First Communion, contact the Christian Formation Office (CFO) for more information (913) 829-1147.
Resources to Help Your Child Understand the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- That Catholic Couple (TCC): Our Secret Weapon For Confession
- USCCB Examinations of Conscience as featured in the TCC Video
- My Side of the Confessional: What Is It Like for a Priest? by Fr. Mike Schmitz
- 5 Ways to Prepare Your Child For First Reconciliation
- Busted Halo Sacraments 101: Penance (why we confess)
- Confession 101 - What is it & how it's done - part one
- Confession 101 - What is it & how to do it - part two
- Sacrament Of Reconciliation: Explained
- Stations of the Cross Video
- The Crucifix
- Learning the Sign of the Cross
- 4 Tips To Learn Sign of Cross
Resources to Help Your Child Understand Holy Communion
- Formed Videos (required your create and log into your Formed account)'
- Understanding the Mass
- Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive) - by Busted Halo
Informative Videos about Aspects of a Catholic Church
- Baptismal Font
- Saints & Stained Glass
- the Sanctuary
- Presider's Chair
- Altar Candles
Additional Information for First Holy Communion
Prince of Peace respects the institutions of family and parish. Religious education, including sacramental preparation, should take place primarily within one's family, under the umbrella of one's home parish.
- Shannon Cardaronella
Director of Children's Ministry