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Must have attained the age of discretion, usually around seven years or older.

2016 - 2017 FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION

 

SACRAMENTEL PREP CALENDAR

SACRAMENTAL PREP BROCHURE

 

Diocesan Policy and Parish Guidelines

Catechesis for First Reconciliation is to be kept separate from catechesis for First Communion.  

It is recommended that sacramental preparation be separate from a religious education program (Sunday RE classes).

The candidate must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving Holy Communion for the first time. The candidate must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must have attained the age of discretion, usually around seven years of age or older
  • Before they can receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion, the candidates must present a copy of the record of their baptism from the church where they were baptized.
  • Be properly instructed.

·Pastoral Considerations

INTERVIEWS - Prior to and separate from the celebration of the sacraments, pastors or pastoral administrators are to arrange to meet with the parents and the child preparing for the sacrament.

PLEASE NOTE: Those third through fifth grade students who are already baptized but who have not had the opportunity to attend a regular RE program and need to receive First Penance and First Communion will attend their age-appropriate class on Sundays as well as the monthly classes for sacramental preparation.

HOME SCHOOLED CHILDREN  -  If parents request to Home School for the Sunday Religious Education component of the program, materials are available at a cost of $40.  Reception of the sacraments will be celebrated in the family's parish of registration.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS - Children with developmental or mental disabilities are encouraged  to receive the Sacraments at the appropriate time.  The Loyola Press Program for children with special needs is currently used at St. Nicholas parish. 

 First Reconciliation

 

 

Guidelines

Readiness for reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation includes knowledge of the person of Jesus and the Gospel message of forgiveness, knowledge of sin and its effect, and understanding and experience of sorrow, forgiveness, and conversion. A candidate is ready to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation when the parents, the pastor and the catechist have discerned that the candidate:

  • · Is aware that God loves us unconditionally
  • · Understands that Jesus died for our sins
  • · Recognizes good and evil, our personal capacity for both, and the importance of right choices
  • · Understands and can express sorrow for sin and forgiveness of others

Which means the candidate can:

  • · Understand how to celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation
  • · Recognize his need for forgiveness, not only from parents and others close to him, but from God
  • · Is ready to turn to Christ and the Church for sacramental forgiveness and reconciliation

Understand that sacramental Confession is a means offered to children of the Church to obtain pardon for sin, and furthermore that it is even necessary per se if one has fallen into serious sin

Additionally, the candidate can recite from memory the following prayers:

  • · Our Father
  • · Hail Mary
  • · Glory be
  • · Act of Contrition

Consistent attendance is required at Sunday Mass, Sunday morning Religious Education Class, special monthly Sacramental Preparation classes (both parent & child), and the Sacramental retreat.

 First Communion

A candidate for First Communion is required to have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so as to understand the mystery of Christ according to his capacity and can receive the Body of the Lord with faith and devotion. A candidate is ready to receive the Sacrament of First Communion when the parents, the pastor and the catechist have discerned that the candidate:

  • Understands that the Holy Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.  The Eucharist is not ordinary bread and wine.  What appear to be bread and wine are actually His living Body and Blood.
  • Understands that the Eucharist is the commemoration of Christ's last meal with his disciples and a memorial of his sacrifice for our salvation.
  • Understands that by sharing in this special meal, we become brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ on earth.
  • Has an appreciation of how to participate actively and consciously in the Mass and can in an informed and reverent manner receive Christ's Body and Blood.
  • Understands the presence of Jesus in the Word, in the people assembled, and in the priest.

Consistent attendance is required at Sunday Mass, Sunday morning Religious Education Class, special monthly Sacramental Preparation classes (both parent & child), and at the Sacramental retreat (both parent & child).