Preparation for First Eucharist is separate from, and in addition to religious education classes which occur either in a Catholic school or through our parish religious education program for public school students. The program is typically done in a child’s 2nd grade year. Preparation of older children is done through a process of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) and the Director of Faith Formation is to be contacted about these special needs.
Sacrament Prep is for ALL 2nd grade students whose parents are parishioners at Sacred Heart. This includes St. Cecilia students, public school students, non-Catholic private school students, and other Catholic school students. We hope to provide meaningful opportunities for students and their families to grow in understanding of the sacraments while preparing to receive God’s mercy in Reconciliation and Jesus’ full loving presence in the Eucharist for the very first time.
How do we plan to do this?
All 2nd grade candidates will participate in the Blessed program by Dynamic Catholic. Students and a confirmed adult (parent, godparent, grandparent, aunt, uncle) will attend sessions weekly for six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring. This time will consist of a lesson from the Blessed book, videos and discussion. These sessions will be on Sundays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. A confirmed adult must stay with the candidate for the duration of the session.
Why does someone have to attend with my Child?
It is important for our candidates to have support from their Domestic Church (the Church at home, the first teachers of the faith) during this preparation process. Research has shown that children tend to follow the faith habits of their caregivers. If faith is important to their caregiver, it becomes important to them. If it is an inconvenience to their caregiver, it becomes inconvenient to them. As parents, we do everything we can to maintain the physical health of our children. As guardians of their souls, we must nourish and nurture their souls just as much, even more!
Sept 8- PARENTS ONLY (Turn in copy of Baptism certificate.)
Sept 22 (report to SCS gym)
Sept 29 (report directly to classroom)
Nov 3- FIRST RECONCILIATION (9:00 a.m.)
Jan 5- PARENTS ONLY
Apr 19- PRACTICE
Apr 26- PRACTICE
May 2- FIRST COMMUNION (10:00 a.m.)
Director of Faith Formation K-5th
337-837-1864, ext. 280
Send Katie an email.