Frequently Asked Questions about First Sacraments

Who Should I Contact

1. For questions regarding baptismal certificates or other church records, contact Julie Koury
2. If you have a conflict with the schedule for Penance or First Holy Communion, contact Michelle Sesny at There’s nothing that can’t be figured out!
3. For parents who have questions about the content or theology in the online components, contact Debbie Stollery
4. For questions about content and ways to assist your child, contact Michelle Sesny at
5. For spiritual guidance for yourself or your child, contact Msgr. Carr: or, if you worship at another parish, contact your pastor or spiritual director.
6. If your child attends Saint Bridget School, both second-grade teachers are available to you:  Mrs. Butler:  and Mrs. O’Grady:
7. If you have a child or children who are not baptized yet or children who are older than second grade and have not celebrated the sacraments of penance and holy communion for the first time, please contact Michelle Sesny at .

I’d like to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation myself.  What do I do?

  1. Watch this video.
  2. Use one of the handouts on the website to help you examine your conscience.
  3. Feel free to print one of the guides to the sacrament that includes an Act of Contrition and bring it with you.
  4. If you would like some extended time to talk to the priest, get some spiritual guidance as well as celebrate the sacrament, make an appointment so you are not rushed.  Do that by calling the parish office at (804) 282-9511.
  5. Saint Bridget Church offers confessions on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 PM or anytime by appointment.  Times for confession at other parishes are usually easily found on their websites or by telephone.  Some find going to another parish simplifies the process.  Feel free!
  6. During Advent and Lent the parish will offer multiple times for Confession. Neighboring parishes may have communal services to which you are welcome.  If you’ve not been in a while, attending one of these communal services can help you prepare and give the Holy Spirit a chance to call you to the celebration.  There’s no imperative to go to individual confession at one of these services, but the opportunity is there if the Holy Spirit calls!
  7. We encourage you to celebrate the sacrament during the services for your children on January 13 th or 20 th, 2018.  Our priest confessors are there to serve you, and are happy to do so!

I’d like to share in communion but I don’t think I am supposed to.  Who can I talk with about this?

  1. If you are not baptized, please contact Deacon Pat White at
  2. If you are baptized Catholic but do not think you can or should come to communion and would
  3. like to speak with someone, contact the pastor, Msgr. Carr at or (804)282-9511, or Debbie Stollery at
  4. If you have been divorced and are remarried, and would like to come to communion, please contact Deacon Bob Giovenco at
  5. If you are divorced, but not remarried and would like to come to communion, the Church still considers you to be married and you are free to continue to celebrate this sacrament fully as long as you are in a state of grace.  This article can help you determine if you are indeed in that state of grace and how to move into it if you need to.
  6. If you have not been to confession in a while and would like to come to communion, please go to the first part of these FAQs for steps to prepare to meet the Lord Jesus’ mercy in this sacrament.
  7. If you have been baptized in another Christian denomination, and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, contact Deacon Pat White at
  8. If you are just curious about who can come to communion and why, this article can help.
Contact Info

Saint Bridget Catholic Church
6006 Three Chopt Road
Richmond, Virginia 23226

Office: (804) 282-9511
Fax: (804) 285-7227
Priests' Residence:
Monsignor Carr (804) 551-0473
Fr. John Christian (804) 551-0592

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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