Sacraments at OLPH School
Eighth Grade Confirmation and Reception: Having completed ten hours of service and months of religious instruction, eighth graders are serious about renewing their Baptismal commitment in the Sacrament of Confirmation. A chosen sponsor witnesses the solemn event during a liturgy celebrated by a visiting Bishop. While it is no longer necessary to choose a new name for Confirmation, students may continue the tradition of assuming a saint’s name for the ceremony, if desired. A reception is held for eighth graders, their families, and sponsors in McDonnell Hall after the liturgy. Eighth graders dress up for this important occasion.
Second Grade First Holy Communion:
A highlight for young Catholics, First Holy Communion is celebrated after nearly a year of religious instruction and preparation in the second grade. Homerooms are assigned to a morning or noon Saturday Mass to ensure enough space for families to attend. Dressed in symbolic white, the second graders fully participate in the liturgy and are eager to receive this special Sacrament.
Second Grade First Reconciliation: Excited to be on their spiritual journey in the second grade, young students are introduced to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during daily religious instruction. With their parents, they attend an evening Church ceremony where children meet privately with a priest to confess their sins and receive absolution.
Encouraging students to integrate the Sacraments into their daily lives, the school sets time aside for second through eighth graders to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the school year.