First Sacraments

What an exciting time in your child’s life!

“Take and Eat, this is my body, which is given up for you…”
(New Roman Missal)

IMG_0383web2St. Edward’s offers the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation (Penance) in the 2nd grade year. We welcome our children to the table of the Lord in a family-friendly process. The program consists of study in the small group or at a Catholic School (must be enrolled to receive the sacrament) in conjunction with a home study series to be completed as a family. There is a parent’s only meeting for each sacrament, an evening of preparation and for Eucharist, a rehearsal for the day of reception of the sacrament.

Children love the church tour, the projects and video presentations and large group teachings that help them understand how these special gifts of God’s Grace unite them with the greater community. Again, preparation is presented in a variety of learning styles and hands-on experiences. Children are invited to participate in the liturgical ministries of the sacraments such as reading the “Prayers of the Faithful” which are written by the children, bringing up the gifts at offertory and banners in processions.

First Reconciliation

Reconciliation is offered to any second and third grader who has not yet received. There will be one parent night and one evening of preparation. The service is Form 2 (community prayer service and individual confessions) on a Wednesday evening with parents and family. Families must be registered members of the Church of St. Edward and a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be on file with our parish office. Child must be enrolled either in Wednesday evening Faith Formation sessions or a Catholic School.

Preparation begins with a parent meeting. Children will prepare for the weeks following in small groups and parents will be instructed to use home materials, “Together in Jesus.”  There will be an evening of preparation for parents and children during session times. Children will receive the sacrament also during session time.

2017 First Reconciliation Dates:

Parent Evening: Wednesday, January 18, 6:30-7:45pm: Parents-only meeting
Evening of Preparation: Wednesday, February 22, 6:30-7:45pm: Parents MUST ATTEND!
Reception of the Sacrament: Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-7:45pm (or privately by appointment, or Saturdays 3:30-4:30 pm in the chapel)

First Eucharist

Eucharist is offered in the spring to all second graders who have not yet received. There will be one parent night, an evening of preparation and a rehearsal. Families must be registered members of the Church of St. Edward and a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be on file with our parish office. Child must be enrolled either in Wednesday evening Faith Formation sessions or a Catholic School.

Preparation begins with a parent meeting. Children will prepare for the weeks following in small groups and parents will be instructed to use home materials, “The Gift of Eucharist.”  There will be an evening of preparation for parents and children together and the children will receive at weekend Mass on the third full weekend of May at the 5:00pm and 10:30am Masses along with family and friends.

2017 First Eucharist Dates:

Parent Evening: Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 – 7:45pm: Parents-Only Orientation
Evening of Preparation: Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 – 7:45pm: Parents and Children
Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 – 7:45pm: Parents and Children; Readers and Gift Bearers Practice Afterwards
First Eucharist Celebration: May 20/21: St. Edward’s 5:00pm & 10:30am Masses

Registration

Register for First Sacraments: Please note that children must be enrolled in Faith Formation sessions from the BEGINNING of the year to receive the sacrament. Any others requesting the sacrament will need to wait till the next year (grade 3) to enroll in Faith Formation sessions and to prepare and receive the sacrament. If your child is older than the prescribed age for first sacraments, please read about our RCIC/F (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children and Families) program.

Contact

Please contact the parish office with questions about receiving First Sacraments at the Church of St. Edward.

Faith Formation Calendar