Parents / Guardians have a significant part in this special preparation for their children’s celebration of these important sacraments. During the Sunday Faith Formation sessions, the catechists work with the children to prepare them for these important steps in their faith journey. But it is the lived faith at home, role modeled by the parents/guardians that best helps the children to integrate what they learn into their young lives.
Two-year preparation time: In conjunction with Archdiocesan guidelines, preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is done in a two-year term.
Sacramental Preparation Year 1: This is the first of the two-year preparation period. The children in this group will be:
Baptized 1st graders who have been active in our Sunday School Program or are new to our program, or
Children in 2nd and 3rd grade who have not been catechized or have not participated in some formal sacramental preparation in a parish.
Sacramental Preparation 2: This is the second year of preparation. Children in this class will be those who have done the first year preparation. New second graders can join this class if they have been catechized, e.g., they go to a Catholic school, or if they have participated in some formal sacramental preparation in a parish. The children will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and their First Communion during this year.
NOTE: Older children from 4th grade and up: Children and youth who have been baptized Catholic but have not celebrated First Reconciliation and First Communion will participate in the RCIA adapted for Older Children sessions.
Parent / Guardian and Child Sessions for children in Sacramental Preparation 2 classes. Prior to the celebration of each sacrament, two sessions with parents/guardians are held to support their roles as the primary teachers of the faith in the home. They are an important component of each child’s preparation and are required for celebrating First Reconciliation and Holy Communion. In addition, families will participate in Learning Centers prior to each sacrament. This will provide a wonderful opportunity for parent/guardian and child to prepare together for these important sacraments.
Learning Centers Prior to the celebration of each sacrament, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to accompany their child in a series of activities that will deepen everyone's understanding of that sacrament and enrich the families' faith life.
Morning of Reflection: In addition, parents / guardians with their children will gather in a more prayerful setting prior to the celebration of First Holy Communon. This gathering will also include a rehearsal. This gathering serves as an important climactic preparation of the group as members of the Church community preparing for the Sacrament.