First Reconciliation & Communion
Dear Parents & Guardians,
This has been quite a year so far and you are probably wondering about Sacramental Preparation for your child in 2020-2021. In a typical year we would begin preparation in early September and meet in person weekly to prepare for First Reconciliation in late fall. The health and well-being of our children, parents, priests and catechists are foremost in our minds and we are monitoring the situation. If we cannot provide our typical program this fall we have two alternative options for preparation:
Option 1) Home-study - materials will be provided to those families interested in this option and the parish will provide weekly parental support for guiding you in your home preparation.
Option 2) Defer – wait one year and your child can prepare for the sacraments in a communal setting with typical classes and communal gatherings.
Even if you prefer option 2, it would be helpful to receive your registration where you can indicate your preference and defer your payment (or you can simply email me your preference). This will help us in planning and ordering the right number of materials.
We journey together in faith as we help prepare our children to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. 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.
Preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion begins this fall, and we ask that you keep these important dates in mind:
The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 9th, 2020
First Reconciliation class begins on Sunday, September 15th (pending)
Remaining classes are Sundays from 9:15-10:15am (pending)
Please plan on attending both parent sessions held this fall: September 15th and October 20th (pending – these may transition to virtual sessions)
First Reconciliation will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, Oct. 24th (pending)
First Communion classes will begin on January 10, 2020
The children will celebrate their First Communion in early May at the 5pm mass
The schedule for First Reconciliation is included in this letter and the schedule for First Communion will be provided later in the fall
Please fill out the Registration form on this page completely, include the required paperwork, and submit the packet to the Parish office with the $70.00 registration fee to cover the program costs (unless you would opt for option #2). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or by calling 503-781-4737. I look forward to journeying with you this year or next.
Beth Schaller, Family Life Coordinator Mary Kay Baker, catechist