Sacramental Preparation Resources

"We recognize that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith. When parents hug their children, for example, the visible reality we see is the hug. The invisible reality the hug conveys is love. We cannot "see" the love the hug expresses, though sometimes we can see its nurturing effect in the child."

            -  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WELCOME and thank you for visiting our Sacramental Preparation page. Our faith formation program is responsible for sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Rites of Children's Christian Initiation (RCIC). 

First Reconciliation and Holy Communion typically takes place in 2nd grade.

Confirmation is a two-year program for grades 9th and 10th, where confirmands receive their sacrament in the Fall of their junior year of high school.

Rites for Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) is appropriate for children who are in their 4th-8th grade year(s), who wish to receive First Reconciliation and Holy Communion. We offer a supplemental sacramental preparation, in addition to regular attendance of faith formation classes.

It's a privilege and joy to journey with you and your child(ren). Thank you for making faith formation an important part of your faith journey. 

Mae Ba, Director of Faith Formation
Sacred Hearts Parish: 48 S Chestnut Street, Bradford, MA 01835
Telephone: (978) 373-1281 ext. 117, or, E-mail: [email protected]

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First Communion Masses will take place at Sacred Hearts Church

***Rehearsals scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Sacred Hearts Church: 

  • 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Dick’s class
  • 6:30 p.m. Mrs. White’s class

10:00 a.m. May 14, First Communion Mass for Mrs. Dick's SHS 2nd grade class

1:00 p.m. May 14, First Communion Mass for Mrs. White's SHS 2nd grade class

10:15 a.m. May 15, First Communion Mass @ St. Patrick’s Church for interest families only (please let Ms. Mae know)

***Rehearsals scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Sacred Hearts Church: 

  • 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Bronson’s & Mrs. Forde’s classes
  • 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Fellow’s & Mrs. West’s classes

10:00 a.m. May 21, First Communion Mass for Mrs. Bronson & Mrs. Forde's Faith Formation Sunday classes

1:00 p.m. May 21, First Communion Mass Mrs. Fellows & Mrs. West's Faith Formation Wednesday classes

Please pray for all our young people and their families who will be celebrating First Holy Communion for the first time in the coming months. 

Memorial Flower Fund 

Make a donation to our First Communion Flower Fund in memory of loved ones. Names of your beloved deceased will be printed in our First Communion program. We use the donations to purchase a floral arrangement that will be displayed at the First Communion Masses. We appreciate donations of any size. Due Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

First Communion Retreat **Faith Formation Families only***

The First Communion Retreat for Faith Formation students will be held Sunday, May 1,  at 11:30 a.m. At least one (1) parent/guardian and students are required to attend.   The retreat for second-graders at SHS will be held during a school day.  At the retreat, students and families will spend time for prayer, practice a song, practice receiving an unconsecrated host, and tour the Church. 


Necessary forms to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and validly enter sacramental records can be found here: Confirmation Forms


First Reconciliation Preparation RCIC Zoom Classes

November 21, 2021

January 2, 2022

  • Enrollment Ceremony, Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
  • First Reconciliation, POSTPONED until Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

First Communion Preparation RCIC In-Person  Classes

January 30, 2022

February 20, 2022

March 27, 2022

  • First Communion Retreat, Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.

April 3, 2022