First Penance and First Eucharist
Christ is always present in his church, especially in liturgical celebrations. Communion with Jesus Christ leads to the celebration of his salvific presence in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist. (GDC 85)
Every child must attend and complete the grade level before the year of the sacrament. Those wishing to celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist must complete first grade and celebrate the Sacraments in second grade.
Students in 2nd grade are prepared for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist through the school year. Parents are required to attend meetings for those sacraments so they can assist their children with this exciting time in their faith. We believe that parents are the primary catechists of our children.
During the year there are two eight-lesson booklets, one for First Reconciliation and one for First Eucharist, they need to be completed before their sacrament and a workshop for each on a Saturday that must be attended.
Students in grades 3 through 10 are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with their parents at the regularly scheduled times or by appointment. his highlights the need for reconciliation as children relate to one another in their daily lives and give parents. By emphasizing their connectedness to God and others, we can help them see the importance of offering one another mutual love and respect.
It's important to help children view God as someone who knows and loves them unconditionally. God is not to be feared, but to be loved back. God calls all of the baptized to the continuing conversion of heart and formation of consciences.
Our children begin to recognize the reality of sin, the expression of sorrow, and the gift of forgiveness in the day of relationships within the family system.
Sharing the Light of Faith says that as catechists on the Sacrament of Reconciliation is to precede preparation for First Communion "and must be kept distinct by a clear and unhurried separation" (NCD, #126).
Children are prepared from October - January for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During this time parents will need to attend one parent meeting to discuss the Sacrament and pick up the eight lesson booklet that must be complete before the celebration of Reconciliation.
There is also a one-hour workshop for the children on a Saturday which they must attend. The First Reconciliation Sacrament is usually celebrated the end of March.
Youngsters on all grade levels have an opportunity at least once a year to celebrate this sacrament.
Please click here for more information about the Rite of Penance.
Children are prepared from January - May for the First Eucharist Sacrament. During this time parents will need to attend one parent meeting to discuss the Sacrament and pick up the eight-lesson booklet that must be complete before the celebration of Communion. There is also a four-hour workshop for the children on a Saturday which they must attend. First Communion is celebrated the first Sunday in May.