October 9, 2013

1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion

Welcome to the St. Joseph Parish  Faith Formation Process for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.  A Wonderful Time of Life!

The beautiful child you brought into the world, named and carried to the Church for baptism, is now ready to take another step in his or her sacramental life. They have reached the time to begin the preparation for their First Holy Communion.

The Archdiocesan Guidelines require a consecutive two (2) year process to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion.  This process begins when you enroll your child/youth in the Religious Education Program (1st Grade and above.)  The first year of study helps the children/youth develop a deeper personal knowledge of Jesus.  They learn that Jesus teaches us about God’s love for us and how we can respond to that love.  The second year of the process continues these themes and provides the children/youth with a growing sense of their Catholic identity.

Preparing for 1st communion – the importance of parents

Class Schedule for Faith Formation Students                                                                 

Faith Formation (Religious Education) is for children who do not attend Catholic School. The classes normally start when they are in 1st or 2nd grade.  Because it is a two-year program, we refer to the years as Year I Sacrament Preparation and Year 2 Sacrament Preparation, regardless of what grade they begin the sessions.  Our classes are on Sunday mornings from 10-11:15 am.

If they are in 3rd grade or higher, the parents need to interview with the Director of Faith Formation, and they begin a little different journey – so that they can attend classes with peers of their own age.  Parents will be involved in the process at this level.

Catholic School children will be attending classes for Sacrament preparation during the regular school day.

Sacrament Preparation—Year I (Sac 1)For children beginning the journey toward Reconciliation and Eucharist

Sacrament Preparation – Year 2 (Sac 2):  – For children continuing the journey toward Reconciliation and Eucharist.  This is the year they will receive the Sacraments.

  • School Children attend classes during school hours
  • Parents attend 1st Reconciliation workshop (without child)
  • Parents attend 1st Reconciliation Retreat with child
  • Parents attend 1st Holy Communion workshop (without child)
  • Parents attend 1st Holy Communion Retreat with child