First Holy Communion and Reconciliation 2017
First Communion and Reconciliation are part of a two year program. Normally, children begin their preparation in Grade One and continue on to Grade Two where they are prepared for the sacrament of Reconciliation, held in February and for the sacrament of Eucharist celebrated in May.
Parent education and up-date of current doctrine and theology is essential to sharing faith with our children. We will provide support for your journey with your child in the form of retreats. It is hoped that the retreats will bring you current on faith issues and enkindle the desire to enhance one's relationship with Christ.
Class and Mass Attendance:
Class attendance is mandatory for the children during this formation year as is weekly Mass attendance. This should be the top priority on the list of things "To Do." We do not want to children to be short changed when it comes to this preparation.
First Reconciliation, 2017:
The date for First Reconciliation is Saturday February 4 for religious Ed students and February 11 for St. Michael students. Both reconciliation serviceswill begin @ 9:00 a.m. in the church. Parents are to accompany their child but are invited to receive the sacrament at a separate time.
In preparation for the big day, children will be tested comfortably in class on the following prayers: Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and the Act of Contrition. Please pray with your child every night.
Take home Reconciliation books are for the RE families. These books are due, to their Religious Ed catechist upon returning from Christmas vacation, January 3th and 4th. Please work through the book with your child making sure there is an understanding of God's mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. These books will be handed out at one of our parent meetings.
Older children with no faith formation background are placed in their regular school grade for the first year of RE. The second year, they are placed in their grade level class and the Special Sacrament class.
First Holy Communion, 2017:
- Saturday, May 6: 10:00 a.m. Mass – this Mass is especially for our First Eucharist children. It is a little longer as many more children choose to attend this Mass. This Mass does not complete one's obligation for Sunday Mass and the children can return the next day for their "second" Communion.
Please do not select this Mass if attendance at the practice on Thursday, May 4th at 3:30 p.m. is not possible. This practice is required of one parent and the Communicant. Practice will last about one hour.
- Saturday, May 6th: 5:30 p.m. Mass – This Mass is the Vigil Mass for Sunday, May 7th. Children will be receiving First Eucharist at each of these Masses. Numbers are limited and requests will be filled on a first come, first serve system.
If you select this Mass, one parent and the Communicant must attend the practice on Thursday, May 4th at 3:30 p.m. in the church. Practice will last about one hour.
- Sunday, May 7th: 9:00, 10:45 and 12:30 Masses – Children will be receiving First Eucharist at each of these Masses. Numbers are limited and requests will be filled on a first come, first serve system.
If you select this Mass, one parent and the Communicant must attend the practice on Tuesday, May 2nd at 5:30 in the church. Practice will last about one hour.
Items of Interest:
~First Communion take home books~ Books will be handed out to the Religious Ed families after First Reconciliation. These are to be completed, along with the autograph sheet and essay on "What Eucharist Means to Me," and are due on March 21st and 22nd in class. St. Michael's School students will need only to complete the autograph sheet and essay by March 20th. Often times, our priests read excerpts from several of these essays at Mass and often times excerpts are printed in the Sunday bulletin.
~Clothing~ Please keep in mind that the main focus of this day is on your child receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the very first time. Clothing is a distant priority. White dresses for girls and dark pants and ironed, white, collared shirts for boys with new or clean shoes, not tennis shoes, are appropriate.
~ Photography during Mass ~ Please know that as the parents of the First Communicant, it is your responsibility to let your family and guests know that photography of any kind is prohibited during the sacred celebration of Mass. Photos may be taken before or after Mass at the altar. Please communicate this to all guests. It really makes a difference! Thank you!
Enjoy the Journey!
Questions? Call (858) 485-1392
Up-dated: September, 2016