First Penance and First Communion
The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with Him in intimate friendship. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1468)
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1324) What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion wonderfully achieves in our spiritual life.(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1392)
Family Formation Model
- Children in sacramental prep meet in the classroom once per month at the same time Family Formation classes gather. These children are taught from the sacramental prep lessons instead of the regular Family Formation classroom lessons.
- There is a separate Home Lesson for parents to use in teaching their sacramental prep child in addition to including them in the regular weekly Family Formation Home Lesson teaching time. These lessons require approximately an additional 15 minutes per week.
- Home Lesson Booklets for each of the two sacraments contain weekly lessons and all the materials needed for parents to prepare their child to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion. Together, parents and children will receive a solid foundation for understanding the tremendous gift of these sacraments
- Children attend weekly class instruction.
- In order that children may engage most fully in the celebration of the sacraments, parents are to ensure children are able to independently and reverently recite the following Catholic prayers.
- Sign of the Cross
- Glory Be
- Our Father
- Hail Mary
- Act of Contrition