are an opportunity for the children celebrating First Reconciliation and First
Communion to explore the sacrament and its meaning with a parent or other adult
they care about. It also provides parents an opportunity to share the experience
with their child.
children will be learning about God's
compassionate love, Jesus' warm forgiveness, and his gift of peace to his
friends during the preparation for First Reconciliation. Reinforcing each weeks lesson at home, will give
the parent an opportunity to
anticipate some questions their child might ask, and to share some of their
insights about reconciliation and forgiveness. These weeks of preparation can lead to many years of comfortable discussions as
child continues to grow and learn from God, from their parents, and from the
Parish faith community. During Mass, parents should help their child recognize the
parts of the Mass in which we regularly ask forgiveness and make peace as a
regular part of worship.
For the Sacrament of Reconciliation, children
need to learn the Ten Commandments
and the Act of Contrition.
Review The Individual Rite of Reconciliation.
First Holy Communion
this sacrament for the first time children must have "sufficient knowledge and
careful preparation so as to understand the mystery of Christ according to their
capacity" (Code of Canon Law 913).
The children are encouraged to explore some of the many "gifts" that God has
given them, for example peace, forgiveness, friendship, and creation.
children are asked to think about what Jesus (through scripture) is teaching us
about each gift, and what they can do in their lives to share and use each gift
reflect on God's greatest gift - that of Jesus. The
children are encouraged to think about what receiving Jesus in Holy Communion
means for them and what changes it should make in their own lives.
During our preparation, the children will be learning the proper procedure for
receiving Communion. Parents should review
this procedure with their child periodically to insure they understand. The
children should also know the Our Father, Hail Mary, and how to make the sign of
the cross correctly. First Communion Parent Prayer
Dress for First Communion: The girls are to wear white dresses, First Communion veil, white socks, and white or black shoes. The boys will wear good trousers and a
white dress shirt with a tie, or a suit if you prefer.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in the preparation classes for
First Communion and First Reconciliation, please contact the Faith Formation office at 812-282-1231.