First Communion & Reconciliation

First Communion Mass Request form
(please complete ASAP and return to Parish Office)




Inclement Weather Policy -

In the event of inclement weather, the cancellation will be posted on the following:

     Parish Website - www.standrewsroanoke.org

     Facebook - St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Roanoke, Virginia

     Twitter - @standrewroanoke

     You can also call the Parish Office at 344-9814 and choose menu option “8” to hear weather related cancellations.

Cancellation decision will be made by 8:00 AM 

Registration Form for 2017-18 Sacramental Preparation


Please note that there are mandatory Parent Orientation sessions that precede the student formation sessions. There are two session options per sacrament. Please choose the one that best fits your schedule. For your convenience and planning purposes, the sacramental calendar is printed below.  If you have any questions, please call the Office of Christian Formation at 344-9814.

First Reconciliation Preparation Calendar - 2017

October 15                    Parent Orientation (required)     Classroom 2/3  12:45-1:15 PM


October 24                    Parent Orientation (required)     Social Hall        7:00-7:30 PM

October 28                    Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

November 4                  Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

November 18                Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

December 9      MARCH 10,2018       Sacrament of Reconciliation      Church      10:00 AM

                                       Brunch                                       Social Hall        following service


First Communion Preparation Calendar - 2018

March 18, 2018            Parent Orientation (required)     Classroom 2/3  12:45-1:15 PM


March 27, 2018            Parent Orientation (required)      Social Hall         7:00-7:30 PM

April 14, 2018               Parent/Child session                   Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

April 21, 2018               Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

April 28, 2018               Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45AM-12:30 PM

May 2, 2018                 Rehearsal/Pictures                     Church              6:00 - 7:30 PM

May 12/13, 2018          First Communion Mass              Church               All Masses

                                    Receptions following Mass in the Social Hall




Direct questions regarding First Reconciliation and First Communion to Kathy Boyer at kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org

Links to Busted Halo videos:

Confession 101 - What is it & how it's done - part one

Confession 101 - What is it & how to do it - part two

Eucharist 101 - How We Receive  

Eucharist 201 - What We Believe



United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Eucharist
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Penance     


In a recent communication from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, we were given the required Diocesan policies for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. St. Andrew's is in compliance with these general principles and policies that have been mandated. Participation in the sacraments is a shared responsibility of parents, catechists, and the church itself, which is the assembly of believers united in Christ. The following is a general overview of how this process occurs within our parish. In the event that your young person has not completed preparation and/or received a particular sacrament, and you are concerned, you should contact the assigned coordinator. It is your responsibility to contact these individuals for further instructions.

FIRST RECONCILIATION and FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - Children preparing for these sacraments should be concurrently enrolled in Sunday morning Christian Formation, or at Roanoke Catholic School. Preparation for sacraments is offered in addition to the above mentioned faith formation. Please see Christian Formation calendar for specific dates. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church "Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time." (CCC 1457) Readiness for children to begin preparation for these sacraments is determined in part by:        

(For Reconciliation)

  • Has been baptized
  • Has reached the age of reason (7 years old)
  • Can distinguish between right and wrong
  • Can distinguish between mistakes and accidents
  • Is able to express sorrow for sin
  • Has the ability to forgive others
  • Prays at home and at Mass
  • Is able to relate to Jesus as one who forgives

(For First Holy Communion)

  • Has been baptized
  • Has reached the age of reason (7 years old)
  • Is interested in receiving the sacrament
  • Feels like they belong to the Catholic community
  • Participates in Sunday Mass
  • Prays at home and at Mass
  • Has the ability to relate to Jesus as one who loves
  • Has prepared for and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Kathy Boyer kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Phone Number: (540) 344-9814 
Fax Number: (540) 344-7879