Prince of Peace Catholic Church
16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062
Church: 913-782-8864
School: 913-764-0650
Christian Formation: 913-829-1147

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation


Two-Year Sacramental Preparation

Prince of Peace honors the Archdiocesan directive regarding Sacramental Preparation.  This directive exhorts that a person is best-served by a two-year preparatory period for First Holy Communion.

Prince of Peace Parish Guidelines for Reception of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist

1. Parent(s) or guardian(s) must be registered members of Prince of Peace Parish.

2. Children must participate in religious education classes or attend Prince of Peace Catholic School for at least one year prior to beginning sacramental preparation.

3. At least one parent or guardian (both School and SOR families) must attend the fall 1st Reconciliation Parent Meeting and the spring 1st Holy Communion Parent Meeting.

4. At least one parent or guardian (both School and SOR families) must attend the fall First Reconciliation Retreat and the spring 1st Holy Communion Retreat with their child.

5. At least one Elementary School of Religion (SOR) parent or guardian must attend each Elementary SOR event with their child.

6. Parent(s) or guardian(s) (both School and SOR families) must work with the child at home and help the child to memorize their prayers.

7. No sacraments will be forced upon or refused to those suitably prepared for them.  If a parent, the Director of Children’s Ministry, or pastor determines that a child is not ready, they will be invited again each year to celebrate the sacrament, and suitable preparation will be provided.

8. The reception of the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are an important part of your child’s initiation into the Catholic Church.  They are beautiful expressions of faith, and not to be entered into routinely. Your involvement as a parent or guardian is vital in helping prepare your child to receive these sacraments and in continuing your child's learning about their faith and drawing ever closer to Christ.


Catholic School Students

Students attending Catholic schools receive their religious education at school.

However, Sacraments are received with one’s home parish.

Attendance at parent meetings and retreats is required during sacramental years for Catholic school students to receive their sacraments.



Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation (Most Commonly 1st Grade)

Prince of Peace Young Parishioners Making their Sacraments in the Next (the 2020-2021) School Year


Our young parishioners attend two Bible Boot Camp retreats with their parents. Attending children receive the St. Mary's Press Catholic Children's Bible and tools to initiate and support their lifelong relationship with God through His Word in Sacred Scripture.  This will be the Bible your children can make their own until they enter the 7th Grade and receive their Youth Bible to continue their relationship with God through His Sacred Scripture.


Important Mandatory Dates for Families of Those Elementary SOR Children in Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation

Bible Boot-Camp, Part 1
Parish Hall
Saturday, October 12th
10:00 am - Noon
Bible Boot-Camp, Part 2
Parish Hall
Saturday, January 11th
10:00 am - Noon

Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation (Most Commonly 2nd Grade)

Prince of Peace Young Parishioners Making their Sacraments This 2019-2020 School Year

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 last year and are now in 2nd Grade SOR, as well as Catholic Prince of Peace 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, School and SOR parents attend a parent meeting. They then participate in the First Reconciliation Retreat with their children. Prepared, each child makes his/her First Reconciliation.


In the spring, School and SOR parents again attend an informational preparatory meeting.  They then attend the First Communion Retreat with their children. Parents and children go to Confession again on their own schedule.  Fully prepared, their child makes his/her First Communion. Every Catholic who has made his/her First Holy Communion should continue to go to Confession regularly. Children form this habit within their family life.


Enjoy this beautiful season with your child, and help him/her grow into a vibrant, healthy, sacramental life of frequent Confession and reception of the Eucharist.  Religious formation starts at home, must be fostered at home, and is lifelong. The Prince of Peace Christian Formation team will support you in this endeavor to draw your children ever nearer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Important Mandatory Dates for Prince of Peace Children in Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation

1st Reconciliation Parent Meeting (Parish Hall)
Two Sessions.  Attend whichever is most convenient for your family.  There is no need to RSVP.  At least one parent must attend.  Children need not attend.
Saturday, October 26th
10:00-11:00 am
Tuesday, October 29th
6:00-7:00 pm
1st Reconciliation Retreat (Meet in the Church)
At least one parent must attend with child(ren).
Saturday, November 9th
9:30 am - Noon
1st Reconciliation Service (Church)
Prince of Peace offers two 1st Reconciliation services.
Saturday, November 16th
10:00 am - Noon
Tuesday, November 19
6:30-8:30 pm
Historically, we've divided families with A-M attending the 1st and N-Z attending the 2nd. However, we've often had to modify the breakdown based on priestly availability and the alphabetical breakdown of a given year. All this is to say, STAY TUNED. If you are in dire need of one service over the other, please notify me (Shannon) ASAP.

At least one parent attends with child(ren).

After the children go to Confession, we open it up to the rest of us there. Take advantage of this opportunity!

1st Communion Parent Meeting (Parish Hall)
Two Sessions.  Attend whichever is most convenient for your family.  There is no need to RSVP.  At least one parent must attend.  Children need not attend.
Wednesday, January 22nd
6:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, January 25th
10:00-11:00 am
1st Communion Retreat (Church)
At least one parent must attend with child(ren).
Saturday, March 28th
9:30 am - Noon
1st Holy Communion Masses (Church)
Prince of Peace offers two large Masses.
Saturday, April 18th, 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m.
Breakdown of families TBD.
NOTE: April 18th is the Garmin Marathon.

Sacramental Preparation for Children With Special Needs

Prince of Peace endeavors to include special needs families to the best of our ability.  If you or your child(ren) require accommodations, contact the Prince of Peace Parish Advocate for People with Disabilities at at registration or as early as possible in the school year.  Our Parish Advocate serves as a liaison between people with disabilities and the parish, and between the parish and the diocesan ministry of people with disabilities, and as such, will work with you and your family to tailor a program to your needs.  If you have an IEP, this helps.

Sacramental Preparation for Older Children

Children in the 3rd-6th Grade who have yet to make their sacraments and desire to do so enjoy their Elementary SOR Classes with their peers. They also work through their Home Lessons. They then attend a monthly Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) class during the Wednesday session with their parents.


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) at (913) 829-1147 for details.


Children in the 7th-12th Grade desiring to make their sacraments should contact the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.


Anyone older than high school-age attends RCIA and should contact the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation.


Resources to Help Your Child Understand the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Resources to Help Your Child Understand 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.


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Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 8:15am
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