At St. John Vianney Church, our First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation programs are family-based programs. Children who attend our Parish Family -Based Faith Formation classes, as well as those in a Catholic school, come together to prepare for these Sacraments.
Family Conversations begin in August - please sign up for a time to bring your family for a brief conversations with Shannon Rogers, Pastoral Associate for Family Based Faith Formation. The aim is to get to know your family better and how we can best serve your family’s needs. We will also be giving out the calendar and your child’s book at this gathering. Click here to sign up for a conversation time.
Before a child can be registered, the following criteria should be met:
The child must be Baptized Catholic (A copy of the Baptismal Certificate must accompany the registration form. Unbaptized children who are 2nd grade level or above should contact Shannon Rogers for more information.)
The child should be attending Mass weekly with their family.
Children should express interest in receiving the Sacrament.
The family must be registered in St. John Vianney Parish. Child must be currently registered in Catholic Religious Education classes or a Catholic school
Child must have attended at least one year of Family-Based Faith Formation or a Catholic school, the year preceding sacrament preparation
The child must be currently in 2nd grade or above
The family must be willing to be actively involved in their child's preparation and support the efforts at home.
You must attend the Family -Based Faith Formation sessions.
Children may be registered for either or both of the Sacrament preparation programs. While the 2nd grade level is the minimum accepted, some families may discern to prepare their child at a later time.
Our parish program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will include the following:
Weekly Mass attendance
Family conversation with a member of the parish pastoral staff
Attendance at monthly Family- Based Faith Formation sessions.
Parent only Fall session on Reconciliation and Spring session on Eucharist
Reconciliation and Eucharist gatherings for children and parents, following Mass, to be determined.
1 day Reconciliation Retreat (Fall 2019) and 1 day Eucharist Retreat (Spring 2019).for parents and children.
About the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments (signs of the presence of Jesus in our world) of the Catholic Church. This sacrament is also called Confession and Penance. We use the term Reconciliation to emphasize the positive and joyful aspects of "going to Confession". We celebrate the forgiveness which reunites the repentant sinner with God, the church and the community.
Parents should be involved in determining their child's readiness to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Children should not be forced to "go to Confession". For First Reconciliation we have a communal rite with individual Confession and Absolution. It is then the parent's responsibility to bring their children to the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation should normally be celebrated prior to the reception of First Eucharist. Instruction for this sacrament must precede First Eucharist and be kept separate from it. This is done to teach children the specific identity of this sacrament and to help them feel comfortable with it before receiving First Eucharist.
Children may be registered for either or both of the Sacrament preparation programs. While the 2nd grade level is the minimum accepted, some families may choose to prepare for these Sacraments at a later time. Children who have received First Eucharist but not First Reconciliation, only need to attend the Reconciliation component of the process.
About the Sacrament of the Eucharist
As Catholics we come together weekly with our parish family to celebrate the Eucharist (also called the Mass or Liturgy). We gather as a faith community to publicly thank God for the gift of Jesus and to share in His body and blood through Communion.
A child who receives the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time is being initiated into the Sacramental life of the whole church. Through your family involvement in the parish (your presence at weekly Eucharist, religious education classes, participation in parish activities etc.) your child is connecting with the church family and beginning to accept your faith as his or her own.
Here at St. John Vianney we celebrate your child*s First Eucharist as a family / parish community during parish liturgies. These celebrations enable the faith community to share in this special time, as your child takes another step in their faith journey.