Reconciliation & First Communion
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION
Catechesis for the first reception of the Sacrament of Penance is to precede the catechesis for the reception of First Communion and is kept distinct by a clear and unhurried separate preparation. This is done so that the specific identity of each sacrament is apparent, and so that before receiving First Communion the child will be familiar with the Rite of Penance and will be at ease with the reception of the sacrament. The Sacrament of Penance is to be celebrated prior to the reception of First Eucharist.
Parents of Children who have reached the second grade are invited to enroll their children for sacramental preparation for Penance and Eucharist. Parents not only have the right but also the responsibility to be intimately involved in preparing their children for the sacraments. That preparation should be both supportive and instructional. The supportive role includes a home environment which nourishes a love of God and an appreciation for the sacraments. The instructional role is to assist in teaching and reinforcing of catechetical content. Thus, parents will attend with their children as they prepare for the reception of each sacrament.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION PROGRAM
Sacramental Preparation in 2021-2022 will include attendance at Family Faith Formation at once a month in addition to a series of retreats with Fr. Timothy Lange. The Sacramental Preparation program is called Encounter Christ from Our Sunday Visitor. The program helps children understand intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally that the Sacraments are a real encounter with Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Church (capital "C") and the joy of being a child of God. Due to COVID-19, there are at-home and digital resources available. Contact Molly Mendoza for more information.
Save the dates!
First Reconciliation will be on December 12, 2021
First Communion will be on May 1, 2022