~Sacramental Preparation Program~

 

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are part of a two year preparation program, usually lst & 2nd grades. Normally, children begin their preparation in 1st year prep and then continue to 2nd year prep, where they are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Their preparation is integrated into their normal second grade religious education class curriculum.  If your child needs to receive the sacraments of 1st Reconciliation or 1st Eucharist, please call Kristine at (619)276-1248.  I’m happy to address any questions you may have!

The majority of preparation occurs in the classroom, but parent involvement is also required. Parents are required to attend three meetings during the year to go over sacramental information they can share with their children. Parents will also receive two workbooks, and families are expected to work on these at home as part of the child’s sacramental preparation. 

First Reconciliation will take place on February 3rd and February 5th 2018. 

First Holy Communion will take place in April and May, 2018—exact dates TBD.

Our sacramental preparation program also accommodates older children who have not yet celebrated the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist. Older children with no previous religious education are taught in classes grouped by grade level the first year, as well as adapted sacramental preparation classes the second year.  In the adapted preparation program, each individual child will be assessed by the program director to determine their readiness to receive the sacraments. In most cases, they will receive 1st Eucharist the second year. Children seven and older, who have not been baptized, participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC), and will receive all three sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion) the second year.

GUIDELINES FOR CHIDREN RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF
1st  HOLY COMMUNION AT ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH

v  Catholic Baptism (or a valid Christian Baptism, but this requires a Profession of Faith…see below)

v  Two year sacramental preparation program. For most children, preparation is integrated into their normal religious education class curriculum.  Older Children in need of sacraments will attend their regular classes, as well as adapted sacramental preparation classes.  

v  Children, who are seven or older and never baptized, will usually receive all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) in the second year of their sacramental preparation.  They will participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, Adapted for Children (RCIC)

v  Children who are baptized in another Christian faith and would like to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church require catechesis and a Profession of Faith. 

v  Participation of PARENTS in three sacramental preparation meetings

v  Children are required to attend weekly Sunday Mass (or Saturday evening) with their families