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Preparation is a two year formation process

Children entering Grades 1 and 2 begin preparation to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

In Grade 2, children are presented by their parents to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

During the Easter season of Grade 2, children receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist.


Sacramental Timeline for 2017-2018

Families attend Mass weekly. Please bring your children forward during Communion to witness the reception of the Eucharist. We strongly encourage families in this two year formation process to attend the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass for Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW).

Communion Choice Parent Correspondence will be sent via email the last week in August to choose your Communion Date.
We use a Sign Up Genius Account for parents to choose an available mass. 

Monday, October 2  -  Sacramental Parent Meeting from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the church:

Parents/Guardians only are required to attend. This meeting is for adults. We will review take home materials, the theology of the sacraments, Reconciliation time and Eucharist dates are distributed along with schedules.

Saturday, February 3 - The Sacrament of Reconciliation at 11 AM or 1:00 PM.

Parents present their children for the sacrament. Your time will be assigned.

Practice will be held on Wednesday, January 31st 6:30 and 7:15pm. Your time will be assigned.

Sunday, January 7 - Jesus Day Retreat in the gym from 3:30 to 5 pm and 5:15 to 6:45

One parent/guardian is asked to attend, along with their child.  This will be a  one time retreat in preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. Due to the large number of students, we are hosting two different times for the retreat. Families will be assigned a time to attend.  Each child will design a Blessing Cup with our guest speaker, Ray Boswell, who is a professional potter. Cups will be blessed at the retreat and students will be able to take them home that day. 

First Eucharist Dates and Rehearsal Times

It is mandatory for both Parents /Guardians to attend along with your child.  

Siblings are welcome to attend.

Please make every effort to be at rehearsal.

Liturgy (arrive 20 minutes prior)                         Rehearsal (takes place in church)

May 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM                                     May 2, 2018 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM                     

May 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM                                        May 2, 2018 from 7:00 to 7:45 PM

May 6, 2018 at 12:00 Noon                                   May 3, 2018 from 7:00 to 7:45 PM

May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM                                     May 9 , 2018 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM

May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM                                       May 9, 2018 from 7:00 to 7:45 PM

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