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.
SIGNS OF GRACE PROGRAM
Sacramental Preparation in 2020-2021 will include attendance at the Family of Faith program at St. Agnes once a month, in addition to a series of parent meetings (and children's class) with Fr. Timothy Lange on Sunday mornings. The Sacramental Preparation program is called Signs of Grace by the Augustine Institute. Part of the Signs of Grace program will be done at-home. Fun activities, entertaining videos with well-known presenters, engaging student guides, and compelling stories are all part of the Signs of Grace curriculum, helping children understand intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally that the Sacraments are a real encounter with Jesus Christ. Due to COVID-19, there are at-home and digital resources available if need be.
Save the dates!
First Reconciliation will be on December 13th 1-3 PM
First Communion will be on May 2nd, at 10:15 AM
Reconciliation at St. Agnes & Sacred Heart
Sundays at Sacred Heart at 8:00am
Saturdays at St. Agnes at 11:00am
Saturdays at 3:30pm before 4:00pm Mass
at either St. Agnes or Sacred Heart
Or by appointment with Fr. Timothy.