Preparation for the reception of First Communion begins after the children have made their First Reconciliation. Your child will receive their First Communion in May. As part of this preparation they will be required to attend a First Eucharist Retreat. Parents are expected to assist in the sacramental preparation of their children and to attend the Parent Orientations/Workshops.
The initiation of children into the sacramental life is for the most part the responsibility and concern of Christian parents. They are to form and gradually increase a spirit of faith in the children and, with the help of catechetical institutions, prepare them for the fruitful reception of the sacraments.
Where the faith of the parents is manifestly weak, the sacrament preparation for their children provides a teachable moment for spiritual renewal. However, the event should be viewed as an occasion for affirmation and hope, not challenge and confrontation.
Sacrament Preparation classes will meet at a date and time to be announced in a MEET classroom.
Perfect attendance in the process is expected. Children must also attend workshops and any special programs and liturgical celebrations, all of which are on your calendar. If there is a family emergency and your child is not able to attend class, please call the office at 203-263-2008
Attendance at Liturgy
Since the family of God gathers together as a parish community at the weekly liturgy, children are expected to attend weekly liturgy. Be sure to greet Father Jim as you leave Mass each week.
Each student will be given a textbook which must be available for MEET classes. You will be provided with many handouts at the Parent Orientation in January for you and your child to work with at home as well as ideas to help prepare for the day of First Holy Communion
The information in the handouts is reviewed in the classroom, however, this information should be reviewed at home as reinforcement of knowledge covered.