Sacrament Preparation



First Reconciliation

First Holy Communion

- Grades 1 & 2

At Notre Dame, our children's preparation for First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion begins in First Grade and receive these sacraments in Second Grade. Students must be enrolled in both years (1st & 2nd grades) to be properly prepared to receive these sacraments.

We do have programs in place to assist students who come to the program mid-stream and for older children who missed these sacraments in Second Grade.  If this situation applies to your family please contact the Religious Education Department directly: 630-601-1757. We would love to see you!

Notre Dame Parish thrives as “one body, one spirit in Christ”, and we celebrate receiving these sacraments as a parish family. And it is in this same spirit that all of our children; in both the parochial school and the public schools; come together for these sacramental celebrations. 

Traditionally the Sacrament of First Reconciliation is received in December and the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is received on the first Saturday in May.  

Download the Calendar of Sacramental Preparation Events


For more information on First Reconciliation & First Eucharist contact Colleen Case at:


Confirmation – Grades 9 & 10

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation starts in Freshman year and ends in the spring of Sophomore year. Teens participate in retreats, faith formation sessions and service opportunities as they prepare to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

For more information on Confirmation contact Charlene Jain at:

First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation Signs of Readiness for First Reconciliation:
  • The child is able to take responsibility for wrongdoing.
  • The child can ask for forgiveness without being told.
  • The child can express sorrow in their own words.
  • The child has a sincere desire to do better.

First Eucharist

First Eucharist Signs of Readiness for First Eucharist:
  • The child regularly attends Sunday Mass with his/her parents.
  • Prayer is a part of the child’s daily life.
  • The child shows a sense of reverence for God.
  • The child has a relationship with Jesus.
  • The child knows the difference between ordinary bread and the Body & Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist.
  • The child has successfully completed the preparation program. 


Confirmation First Year: Teens experience what it means to be Catholic by participating in Journey sessions (faith formation), Service, and Dead Theologians Society (DTS, saints & prayer).
Second Year:
Teens prepare  to accept the faith of their Baptism through an 8 week preparation process which begins with a retreat. This year includes a parent/teen evening of reflection, service, and DTS.