First Reconciliation & Communion
Dear Parents & Guardians,
This coming year is indeed a special year... a holy year for you, for your children and for our parish
community. This year we journey together in faith as we help prepare our children to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Although we tend to focus on the needs of the children, it is important to realize that this time of preparation presents all of us – parents, catechists, parish staff, and other members of our faith community – with wonderful opportunities to deepen our own faith and our understanding of the sacraments.
Through the sacraments we grow in our awareness of God's loving presence in our lives. Sacraments are events that involve the entire community in ways that make clear for us our common relationship in Christ. Sacraments hold such deep meaning for us because they are rooted in and flow from our everyday experiences of belonging, sharing, loving and forgiving. We invite you to make this period of sacramental formation a special time for your family to become more aware of God's presence in your lives.
Children will begin preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist this fall, and we ask that you keep these important dates in mind:
The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 13th, 2022
First Reconciliation class begins on Sunday, September 18th at 9:00 a.m. in Dillon Hall (parents and students will meet together for this first session)
Remaining classes are Sundays from 9:15-10:15am (probably Dillon Hall)
Please plan on attending both parent sessions held this fall: September 18th and October 23rd during the children’s sessions
First Reconciliation will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, Oct. 29th
First Communion classes will begin on January 22, 2023
The children will celebrate their First Communion in late April at the 5pm mass
The schedule for First Reconciliation is included on the back of this letter and the schedule for First Communion will be provided later in the fall
Please fill out the enclosed forms completely, attach the required paperwork, and submit the packet to
the Parish office with the $70.00 registration fee to cover the program costs. We invite you to register as early as possible, so that we may order the correct number of books and supplies.
Please let us know if the registration fee is a financial hardship for your family or if you would like to pay the fee over the course of the coming year. If you have any additional questions, contact the Parish office at 503-777-1491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth Schaller, Ministry Assistant Michele Becker, catechist
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