Preparation for First Penance and First Communion

“Parents are to “be recognized as being primarily and principally responsible for their [faith] education…it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.” (GE #3) Therefore, it is through and with the family that we promote an understanding of and preparation for the sacraments. The parish community in partnership with the parents prepares for sacraments.” (Excerpted from Sacraments for Young Children) 

The Purpose:

The purpose of sacramental preparation at St. Max, first and foremost, is to encourage you, the parents, in your faith, and support you in the preparation of your child for the reception of First Penance and First Communion.

The Objectives:

To instruct and inspire those in preparation with the truth about these beautiful sacraments that they will acquire a practical and lasting knowledge of them in form and matter.


To understand these sacraments in the context of the infinite love and mercy of God and their own personal relationship with him.


To inspire those in preparation to truly love and desire these sacraments understanding the absolute necessity of the grace they give for our lives.


Why have preparation meetings?


“Preparation for Penance must take place prior to preparation and reception of First Communion…It is important for parents/guardians to have an understanding of and appreciation for the Sacrament of Penance. Only then will the newly formed penitent grow in his/her fidelity to the sacrament. Thus, sacrament preparation meetings are essential and provide an opportunity for good solid adult faith formation.” (Excerpted from Sacraments for Young Children)

They are also to be prepared by their parish of membership. St. Max recognizes the formation children receive in an Archdiocesan Catholic School and Religious Formation of Youth (RFY) classes or Home Study program at St. Max. (If your child receives formation through Home School or a non-Archdiocesan school, please contact Zack Hinger.) 

Practical Details

Step 1: Parent Orientation Meeting

Join our Sacramental Preparation staff for one of these required meetings You’ll get an overview of the sacramental preparation process here at St. Max, learn how to get signed up for formation programs next year, and have an opportunity to ask questions of our ministry staff.

Friday, 9/29 9:30 - 11:00 am

Thursday, 10/5 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Saturday, 10/7 9:30 - 1100 am

Sign-ups for orientation meetings will begin in the fall.

Step 2: Pre-Registration

Once you have completed the orientation meeting, you will be invited to pre-register for the sacramental preparation program.

Step 3: Interview with the Pastor

After your pre-registration form has been received you will be invited to sign up for an interview with Fr. Geoff. The interview will be about 30 minutes long. Only parents will attend the interview.

Step 4: Session Registration

Having completed your interview, you will be invited to sign up for the preparation sessions in which you would like to participate.

Step 5: Preparation and Celebration of the Sacraments

There are 3  - 4 preparation sessions for each of the two sacraments which include a retreat. A parent (or special adult) must attend each session. Attendance at all sessions is required to complete preparation.

Celebration of the sacraments can be celebrated after the corresponding preparation has been completed.

Questions? Concerns? Please contact Rebecca Peltier,, or by phone 513-777-4322 x 106

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
5720 Hamilton Mason Rd
Liberty Township, OH 45011
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“No one can believe alone….You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has receive d faith from others and should hand it on to others.” (CCC #166)

Sacramental Preparation Orientation Meetings

Friday, September 29 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, October 5 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Saturday, October 7 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM

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Read how and why we prepare our children to receive Sacraments through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's document "Sacraments for Young People".

Print an examination of conscience to prepare for the Sacrament of Penance

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