It is strongly encouraged that parents register their children for religious education classes beginning with Grade 1, and continuing on through Grade 8. Students are to be present for classes each year, unless a serious reason (such as chronic or acute illness) prevents them from doing so.
Children who have completed first grade religious education will be catechized for the celebration and reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist upon entering the second grade. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is received in second grade prior to the reception of First Eucharist. Families who have not completed Grade 1 classes, here or at another parish, will be expected to complete the Grade 1 curriculum before entering the sacrament program. Grade 1 lessons are an essential introduction to the Grade 2 curriculum and each grade builds upon the previous grade’s curriculum.
Age appropriate instruction is provided to lead children to an understanding of the Church’s teachings about the mystery of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. This includes classroom instruction, retreats and parental involvement. The Pastor determines whether a child is sufficiently prepared and has the right intention for the reception of First Eucharist based on information given from the Catechist and the religious education staff.
The parish also offers instruction to parents who have children preparing for the reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. These parent meetings are provided to assist you in fulfilling your primary role for nurturing the faith of your child. It is very important that you attend. There will be 2 meetings, one before each sacrament.
Verification of the child’s baptism must be received prior to receiving First Eucharist. If your child was baptized in a Christian denomination other than Catholic, they must make a Profession of Faith prior to receiving First Eucharist.