First Reconciliation & Holy Eucharist

Listen to this great talk for Parents of children preparing for First Communion from LayEvangelist.com

Stay tuned for important dates and information about the 2016-2017 Preparation Year

 A Note to our Families Who Homeschool:

As your child's primary catechist, it is ultimately up to you to select resources for your child's formation. However, when it comes to sacramental preparation, the parish must be able to document your child's readiness to receive the sacrament.  For this reason, while you may certainly supplement with whatever materials you'd like, we ask that you enroll your child in the My Catholic Faith Delivered course as the main curriculum for preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. You can sign-up online for this program. This provides a link between you and the parish, and allows us to monitor your student's progress and ensure that they have learned the necessary content.

At our parish, it's important to provide opportunities for fellowship between families who choose Resurrection School and those who opt for other educational venues. We hope that you will choose to parallel your sacramental preparation at home with our parish events and participate in our Family Retreat Day for First Reconciliation, as well as the Parish First Communion Mass. If, for whatever reason, you choose not to take part in these offerings - we still need to be made aware that you are preparing your child to receive a sacrament. This will allow us ample time to meet with you, conduct an interview with your child to determine their readiness, and schedule a time for First Communion at Sunday Mass. 

Recommended Resources!

Click on the image above to purchase a copy to read at home with your child

Click on the image above to purchase a copy to read at home with your child

This treasure of a book, originally published in 1921, was written in response to a student’s appeal for instructions along with “little stories” to help her prepare for Holy Communion. To fulfill this request, Mother Loyola of the Bar Convent in York, England, wrote a simple story that illustrates Jesus’ desire to share an intimate relationship with each one of His children. Although written many years ago for a young child, this book remains a masterpiece of timeless Catholic literature suitable for all ages. This edition has some updated language, but quite deliberately, does not contain any pictures. Readers, as they progress through this story, will form a mental image of their King, one as unique and personal as their own relationship with Him. The study sections assist with the allegory, connect to Scripture as well as to the Catechism, and―for parents and older children―explore the art of prayer in the spirit of the three Carmelite Doctors of the Church.

The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.  This curriculum emphasizes Christian discipleship as indispensable toward human flourishing and the quest for joy. To see the available products, click on their logo above. You can order a Home kit through their website, or by contacting the parish offices.

It is primarily the duty of parents and those who take the place of parents, as well as the duty of pastors, to take care that children who have reached the use of reason are prepared properly and, after they have made sacramental confession, are refreshed with this divine food as soon as possible
— Code of Canon Law, 914

In order to have proximate preparation for First Penance and First Eucharist, the child must have reached the age of conscious discretion, that is, the freedom and knowledge to commit sin.

At Resurrection, we do ordinarily conduct proximate preparation during a child's 2nd grade academic year. If a child is younger than the ordinary age but desires to receive the Eucharist, their readiness will be evaluated by Father Steve on a case-by-case basis.

Question: My child has special needs. Can  sacramental preparation be adapted to them?

Answer: Yes! We want to help. We have resources, like the one pictured here, that are available for you to use at home. We will work with you to find a preparation that works for your child.

Learn more about this resource from loyola press

Learn more about this resource from loyola press