The Catholic Church requires that a child receives the sacrament of reconciliation before receiving First Eucharist. Reconciliation allows us all to renew and celebrate the fact that God remains loving and continiously calls us to transform as God's children, so that we can live more freely, hopefully, and faithfully knowing that we are greatly loved by God and valued by the church community. It celebrates our need for forgiveness and our willingness to forgive.
First Eucharist, that is sharing in the Body and Blood of the Lord at Mass for the first time, is the climax of the Christian initiation process. Eating and drinking at the Lord's table affirms our belonging fully to the Christian community. In a most powerful, real and significant way, the sacredness of who we are in relation to God and each other is celebrated. We are then strengthened to live these very same truths in our daily lives compassionately and generously.
This sacrament of initiation continues what began at our Baptism. Confirmation empowers us to follow Jesus as well as live the mission which Jesus left to us. Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy spirit which is a significant symbol in confirmation and represents spreading of the word of God. God's Spirit we believe has, is and will always move in, with and through us.