First Penance

The Arlington Diocese requires a two-year preparation period for the Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion. The preparation for these sacraments is normally started in the 1st Grade. Students receive First Penance and First Holy Communion towards the end of the 2nd Grade. New students at the 2nd Grade level must have had one year of catechesis or pass a placement test. 

Note to Parents/Guardians of students grade 3 through 8 who have not received the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion and who are older than the grade level in which these sacraments are normally received: You will be given instructions and the materials needed to help you prepare your child for these two sacraments. 

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