First Eucharist and First Reconciliation|
How do I help prepare my
child for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation?
First Eucharist is the first sacramental milestone your child will experience
since baptism as she/he continues her/his journey with God and the Christian
In the Eucharist (communion), your child will finally be able to receive
communion with you as you come up to the altar to receive the Bread of Life.
In Reconciliation (confession), your child will learn the importance of
forgiving and being forgiven by God and others for what they have done wrong.
Most of us remember, at least vaguely, our First Reconciliation and Eucharist
because these sacraments highlight the intimacy that God invites us to, and how
that intimacy is experienced through the gathering of family, friends and fellow
Our spiritual selves cry out to be nurtured in our everyday lives. For the young
this is paramount. We hold them in prayer and ask our loving God to hold them
close to Him.
Who will be preparing my child for these sacraments?
You the parent(s)/guardian(s) are the first to prepare your child for this holy
experience. Your daily prayer life at home, and bringing your child(ren) to
church on Sundays will be the most important example and support for your child
on this sacred journey. Your concern for the poor, your example of forgiveness
and reconciliation, your mutual respect will be the sacred ground in which the
seeds of Baptism are planted and grow.
My child attends a Roman Catholic school . . .
If your child is now studying in a Roman Catholic school, they will be preparing
for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in the second grade.
My child attends a public school . . .
If your child is studying in a public school she/he must receive catechetical
instruction and sacramental preparation for 2 years before the First Eucharist
and Reconciliation. The following programs are offered through the parish and
taught by the parents to their child.
Program I “Coming to God”
Program II “Coming to Jesus” - First Eucharist
How would I register my child for these Sacraments?
A letter is sent out to the parents of children in the Catholic schools in the
fall, including a registration form. Parents of children in a Public school will
be informed about the letter and registration form through the parish bulletin.
Registration forms and other required documents will be collected at a parent
meeting. Each parent must present a photocopy of a Catholic Baptismal
Certificate at the time of registration. If your child was baptized at St.
Raphael’s, you must give us a date, etc. to confirm our records.
Parent meetings for children receiving First Reconciliation and First Eucharist:
This is an opportunity for all parents/guardians to reflect on their own faith
experiences, including the practice of faith at home and in church, and assist
in imparting the Catholic faith to their children. Parents must attend these
meetings. Date, time and place will be announced in the parish bulletin and
letters sent out from the schools.
Only parents/guardians come with the child to this celebration. If you wish to
come with other brothers and sisters at another time, St. Raphael’s church
offers the sacrament every Saturday afternoon between 4:15 and 4:45.
Enrollment Sunday - Call to Eucharist:
On Enrollment Sunday, during the Mass, the parents/guardians present their child
to the priest and the assembly, formally asking to receive this sacrament. This
may be at any of the weekend Masses. You will receive a copy of this
presentation prior to the date.
Practice & Church Visit:
All First Communicants will have a reflection time in the church during a school
The children will practice in the church and school prior to their date.
First Eucharist, a Parish Event:
First Communion in St. Raphael’s Community is a parish event. This means each
child will make her/his First Communion with their immediate family at a parish
Sunday liturgy. Parents/guardians may choose from Saturday at 5:00 p.m., Sunday
at 9:00 a.m. or Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Mass. Only immediate family have reserved
Contact Person: call the parish office at (905) 637-2346.