The role of parents in the faith formation of their children is indispensable. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
"The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute." CCC 2221
Our role as the parish is to support you in both teaching and living the faith with your family. Because the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are such important gateways to having a relationship with Jesus, we begin the program in the first grade.
The first year of formation is intended to give students a foundation of faith. Curriculum for the first grade covers the basics of our faith to include the great love God has for them, the story of the Fall and the story of God’s fulfillment of the promise of a Savior, and that it is through Jesus that we have forgiveness of our sins. The children will also grow to understand how to live the two great laws of love, become familiar with the Paschal Mystery and will move forward in their journey to live as loving, active members of the Church.
During year two of formation the students will study from Reconciliation and Eucharist specific text in preparation for reception of both sacraments. First Reconciliation is typically celebrated in the Fall of the second year of preparation. Parents and children will come together for a prayer service followed by individual confessions for each child.
For the Sacrament of Eucharist, preparation includes a Saturday afternoon First Eucharist retreat for the child and parents as well as other activities meant to lead to an encounter with Jesus prior to the reception of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation/Eucharist is a TWO YEAR program. Your child must be complete both grades 1+2 to receive Reconciliation/Eucharist in Grade 2.
For more information, contact the Religious Education Office at 313.884.7407