SCHOOL YEAR FIRST SACRAMENTS
Registration for eligible students in need of First Communion preparation will close September 6th, 2016.
For more information, please contact the Director.
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For Holy Communion to be administered to children, it is required that they have sufficient knowledge and be accurately prepared, so that according to their capacity they understand what the mystery of Christ means, and are able to receive the Body of the Lord with faith and devotion. (Code of Canon Law 913)
First Holy Communion is most often celebrated by children after the age of seven or older when they have reached the age of reason and are capable of participating in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. First Holy Communion is to be preceded by the sacraments of baptism and reconciliation. “Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time” (CCC 1457).
Our First Eucharist (Communion) program is a two consecutive year program which begins in the first grade. The first year provides an understanding of God and his great love for us. The children will learn about the Blessed Trinity, the Blessed Mother and Jesus the Light of the World; they will be introduced to the Sacraments as well as the liturgical seasons of the church. In the second year, the children will be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as First Eucharist (Communion). They will come to understand that God is all merciful and always there to help and guide us on our path to holiness. They will learn about Jesus and His gift of Himself in the Eucharist.
Parents, yours is a most important role. You provide the foundation for your child’s understanding of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith. As a parent or guardian, you are the primary teacher of the faith. Our catechists work in partnership with you to help your child learn about Jesus and His great love. Parents are expected to attend weekly Mass with their children, bring their children to class each week, and attend the parent and group meetings held throughout preparation years. Sacraments are celebrations of our faith life. Through signs and symbols, we attune ourselves to God’s presence in a special way; focusing on a particular way we have experienced God in relationship with others.