This is an important time in your child’s life! They will be receiving 2 Sacraments this year, the Sacraments of Reconciliation (First Confession) and the Eucharist (First Holy Communion).
As we help them prepare for these Sacraments, please help us by practicing the following prayer at home. It is a good prayer for them to know by heart before their First Confession. We will be practicing it in class, but saying it at home before bedtime or before Mass would really help them memorize it.
Act of Contrition
O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. And I detest all my sins because of your just punishment. But most of all, because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to offend no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen
Important Dates to Remember:
October 20 & 23: Reconciliation Parent Meeting - drop your child off in the classroom & parents will meet in the Sanctuary
November 19: First Reconciliation - Meet at 6:30 pm - Starts at 7:00 pm
February 16 & 19: Parent Meeting about First Communion
Date TBA: First Communion In-Class Retreat with Parents and Students
Wednesday, April 22, 2020: *Mandatory First Communion Liturgy Rehearsal for both Wed & Sun Students, 6:00 pm*
Saturday, April 25, 2020: First Communion Pictures at 8:30 am and *Mandatory Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 am*
Sunday, April 26, 2020: First Communion Celebration - 1:00 pm Mass
Students meet in 3rd grade classroom at 12:30pm
Cookies & punch reception to follow in Parish Hall.
* The Liturgy Rehearsals on the Wednesday and Saturday before First Communion are mandatory. Plan now to miss that soccer game. Only family emergencies will be allowed as an excused absence. Your child needs to be at these rehearsals so they know what to do at First Communion. Mark it on your calendar now.
And, just as a friendly reminder, it is very important that your child attend class and Mass each week. As we help prepare them to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, please remember that they will learn much more from you and your good example.
Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to this special time with your children!
Jenny VanLeeuwen - Wednesday Night Catechist