First Reconciliation/Eucharist

Sacrament Policy

A child normally receives the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) during Grade 2 (age 7). It is a 2 year program that begins in Grade 1. This first catechetical year provides for a child to receive adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith in order understand the sacraments they will be celebrating the following year.

In accordance with the policies of the Diocese of Trenton, a child must celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the celebration of First Holy Communion. St. Paul Parish generally celebrates communal First Reconciliation services in the Fall of grade 2. First Holy Communion is celebrated during the Easter Season at special liturgies at the end of April or the beginning of May. Parents may also choose to celebrate their child's First Holy Communion at a regularly scheduled Sunday mass during Easter.

In addition to their learning in a catechetical setting (i.e., religious education program, catholic school, home schooling), a child preparing for these sacraments is expected to participate in proximate preparation activities. This includes two Saturday retreats, one for each sacrament.

We recognize that families face many challenges, if you child is enrolled in a higher grade and has not received these sacraments  please contact the Religious Education Office for more formational options.

First Eucharist Retreat

Dear Parents:

I said a special prayer for you and your families this Saturday morning, when we would have gathered for our First Eucharist Retreat. I wish we could have all been together at that time. However, it is important that we all remain healthy and safe.

Before the governor signed his "stay at home" order this weekend, we extended the invitation to come to the office to pick up retreat materials. In light of current circumstances, that will not be an option, so I am providing materials linked in this email. Even if you've picked up student materials, these may be helpful because I've included catechist materials as well.

Part 1. Introductory Rites

Part 2. Liturgy of the Word

Part 3. Liturgy of the Eucharist

Part 4. Concluding Rites

We will make banner materials available as the situation and public policy allows.

As of now we are still planning to move forward as scheduled with First Eucharist Rehearsals and Celebrations. We are monitoring the situation and will let you know where things stand as information becomes available.

Please know that your families are in my prayers. Even as our offices are closed, I am here to support you and your family in faith and sacramental formation. I can always be reached by email: and by phone: 609.524.0509 (Office) 609.759-0678 (Remote).

In Christ, 
John Michael McGuire

Private Catholic School Families

If your child is enrolled in a Princeton area private Catholic School, are registered parishioners of St. Paul and wish your child to receive these sacraments, please register them by clicking here or the registration link at right.


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The St. Paul Parish Office of Religious Education is concerned with the current public health issues that affect all of us. As a result, we have decided to modify the current classroom-based Parish Religious Education Program to a home study model in the coming weeks.

We will suspend Sunday PREP beginning March 15, and Tuesday PREP beginning March 17, and we hope to resume Sunday PREP April 19 and Tuesday PREP April 21 after careful re-evaluation of health and safety conditions at that time. In this model, our children will miss three sessions of classroom instruction that will be replaced with home-based lessons.

Please follow the following instructions carefully:

  1. Make sure you have your child's religious education workbook. (John McGuire will be available in the school cafeteria during the scheduled PREP sessions Sunday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 17 if you need to pick-up forgotten materials.)
  2. The curriculum is available below please follow the lessons your child will be missing at home (excluding the family life lesson for this week).
  3. Please have your child complete any chapter, session, or unit reviews in their workbooks. Catechists will be asked to review these lessons our first week back.
  4. Please watch your email for videos and resources aimed to help make your experience more complete.

Religious Education staff is available to help and support you during these weeks. If you have any questions, contact John McGuire at (609)524-0509 or or Maureen Sano at (609)524-0510 or We will be continuing office hours Monday-Friday 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM until further notice.

Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist

Currently, we are planning to proceed with rehearsals and celebrations of First Eucharist as scheduled. However, the First Eucharist Retreat scheduled for Saturday, March 21 is canceled. Banner kits and children's packets will be available for review at home.

Materials will be available for pick-up on Sunday, March 15: 8:40- 9:45 AM and Tuesday, March 17: 4:30-5:45 PM in Saint Paul School Cafeteria. If you are unable to pick up these materials at that time, you can contact us to schedule a time for pick-up during office hours.

Confirmation Formation

The Confirmation Formation Program will also be affected by these closures. Please keep watch for an update from our Confirmation Coordinator, Kait Mayer.

Read more about Important Update Regarding Religious Education Classes


John McGuire
Office of Religious Education
(609) 524-0509

Mrs. Maureen Sano
Administrative Assistant

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
And by appointment.


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