First Confession & Communion Preparation
Beginning in 2015-16 ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ATTENDING EITHER THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES OR STS PETER AND PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS in order to receive these sacraments. In order for your child to be eligible for communion in second grade they will need to have been in the first grade classes. First grade lays the foundation for the immediate preparation in second grade. During the First Grade year basic stories from the life and teachings of Jesus are presented, the basic prayers introduced and Baptism as the sacrament bringing us into God's family, the Chruch is presented.
Most children receive these sacraments for the first time in second grade. The focus thoughout the second grade year is on preparing for these two sacraments. Parents are a key and central part of this preparation. A letter with details on the program will go out in October regarding the Confession preparation and one in mid January regarding Communion.
Be sure to mark these additional elements of the preparation for these sacraments:
1. Parent sessions Two sessions are held for each of the sacraments for a total of four meetings. These are held during the children's classtimes so you have two opportunities to attend each of these. At each session there will be time to deepen our own understanding of the sacraments as adults and tools to work with your children.
Confession Session 1 Sun., Oct 5 9:30 AM or Mon., Oct 6 6:30 PM
Confession Session 2 Sun., Nov 16 9:30 AM or Mon., Nov 17 6:30 PM
Communion Session 1 Sun., Jan 18 9:30 AM or Mon., Jan 19 6:30 PM
Communion Session 2 Sun., Feb 22 9:30 AM or Mon., Feb 23 6:30 PM
2. Presentation of Cross At the weekend masses on Oct 18/19 the parents will be asked to present a cross to their child preparing for the sacraments. The priest will also offer a blessing for the family for the coming year.
3. Retreat Days A four hour retreat (from 10AM-2PM) is held for each sacrament. Parents are encouraged to join their child for the day.
Confession Retreat Jan 10
Communion Retreat Mar 28
4. Interviews provide a time to review the sacrament with the children. We as a parent be present with them for the interview.
Confession interviews will be held on Sun. Jan 11 from 9:30-10:45AM,
Mon. Jan 12 from 3:115-4:30 PM and from 6:30-7:45PM
Communion interviews will be held on Sun Mar 29 from 9:30-10:45AM
Mon. Mar 30 from 3:15-4:30PM and from 6:30-7:45PM
5. Communion prayer service and rehearsal will be held on Thursday, Apr. 16 and Monday, May 4 from 6-7 PM
First Confessions will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan 13 and Thursday Jan 15 at 6PM in the Church.