& First Communion
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When we ponder the great mystery of the Eucharist, we find a call from Jesus, our Good Shepherd, to find and follow Him.
He offers us rest, refreshment, comfort and Love. His Love is a great gift that He offers to us and we are called to respond.
Because of this, our process of preparation is one that helps the child to respond to the Gift that is being offered. It is a process that differs from most programs that are available to children today. The process is outlined below.
If you have any questions, please contact Samantha El-Azem, Director of Formation for Children at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Families should plan on having their child participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for at least one year prior to their Sacramental preparation year. Ideally, the child will have been in the Level 1 Atrium for many years.
This will provide a good foundation for the themes the child will ponder in preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
Step 2: Discernment and Enrollment of Names
In the Level 2 Atrium, the children are invited to pray about if the Good Shepherd is calling them by name to receive the gifts of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist for the first time.
Early in the year, after a period of discernment, those children who feel called to receive the Sacraments submit their names in a special box located in the Atrium.
Those children and their parent(s) will meet with Ms. Sam for a meeting.
Step 3: Parent & Child Meditation Series
In the Spring, the child preparing will attend five (5) one-hour mediation sessions with a parent.
These meditations lay the ground work to prepare our hearts to respond to the voice of the Good Shepherd in the gift of these Sacraments.
Step 4: First Communion Retreat
step 5: First Communion retreat
A retreat experience is part of the preparation process in order to help the child and at least one parent pause from the busyness of our daily lives and set time aside to pray and prepare. This retreat will take place on the morning of Saturday, April 4th, 2020.
step 6: celebration of First Communion
After preparation and discernment, the child is welcomed to the great feast of the Eucharist for the first time, typically at their home parish community. More information will be given on these celebrations at the First Communion meeting.