First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for Adolescents:
Adolescents in Grades 6th through 12th who have been baptized but who have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist will be enrolled into a one year program to prepare for these sacraments. The first semester will be dedicated to the faith development of each youth. The second semester will be dedicated to preparing for the sacraments. Students are expected to attend at least one retreat during the year and to attend Sunday Mass regularly.
The norms of readiness for the First Reception of the Sacrament of Communion as stated in the diocesan guidelines are:
The candidate demonstrates a desire to celebrate the sacrament of First Eucharist
The candidate demonstrates age appropriate understanding of the sacrament.
The candidate is participating in Sunday Eucharistic liturgy on a regular basis.
The candidate knows how to receive communion.
Students preparing to receive a sacrament must be attending Mass on a regular basis. It is very important that the family of a teen in Sacramental preparation is going to Mass on Sunday so that the students understands that this is an important part of our faith. If the student seldom comes to Mass he will have difficulty relating to the lessons about the meaning of Mass and Communion.
Other requirements for the preparation for the Sacraments of Penance and Communion:
Parents attend four parent session during the sacramental preparation year. A calendar will be given to all students with the dates for these meetings. There will be no make-up meetings so it is important that parents are aware of the dates and attend each one.
A copy of the student’s Baptismal certificate must be turned in no later that the second parent meeting. The baptismal parish is the parish of record and we need the certificate in order to know where to send the notice of the reception of the sacrament. The student cannot receive the sacrament if he does not turn in a baptismal certificate. The student must attend Mass regularly. The student must attend at least one spiritual retreat during the preparation year.
Classes begin in August and continue through April. The student will receive the sacrament at a regularly scheduled Sunday mass in April with his classmates.