FIRST RECONCILIATION

IMPORTANT: Significant Improvement to our First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Sacrament Program 
Reconciliation Guidelines - Click Here.
 
Class Times
 
 
Class Attendance
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 Bob as you leave Mass each week.
 
Class Materials
Each student will be given a folder to keep handouts, completed work, and other information necessary for their lessons at each session. These folders and their books must be brought to every class. You will be provided with the following handout in the Orientation Packet for you and your child to work with at home:
  • The Story of the Lost SheepIn the book of John, chapter 10, in His own words, Jesus tells us in verses 14-15: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep, and they know me just as my Father knows me and I know my Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.” In celebration of their relationship with Jesus the Good Shepherd, each child will bring a lamb, that as a family you have decorated, to the Celebration of their First reconciliation in December. Find the Pattern and Instructions here:
  • Instructions  & Pattern for Lamb
 
Your child should know these and continue to practice:
Your child will need to learn these before the reception of the Sacrament in December:
 
         


PASTORAL GUIDELINES
FOR PARENTS

Archdiocesan Office

Please be advised that successful completion of Grades 1 & 2 is necessary for the entrace into our Sacrament Prep Program.

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.
The following handouts are included in this packet for you in order for you to actively participate in the preparation for the Sacrament:



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