The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are traditionally celebrated in Grade 3. Successful completion of grades 1 & 2 or a preparation process for children who have not completed Grads 1 & 2, is necessary for entrance into Sacrament Preparation Program. The children begin preparing to celebrate these sacraments in the Fall of the Sacrament Preparation classes. Their First Reconciliation is in December. Parents are expected to assist in the sacramental preparation of their children and to attend the Parent Orientations/Workshop and other Liturgical Celebrations that can be found on the Religious Education Schedule.
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.
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.