FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION
"Every child can make this little meditation each morning: 'Is it true that Jesus has come for me? Specially for me? Yes, it is true: He has called me. It is an absolute fact. Each one of us has been called. Christ said to us, with outstretched arms: 'Come unto Me! Suffer the little children come unto Me. Come unto Me all ye who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Come unto Me all ye who are afflicted, and I will console you. In Me is peace.'"
-Dr. Maria Montessori
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 steps of the process are outlined below. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha El-Azem, Director of Formation for Children at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1:intro meeting
Families are asked to participate in an initial introductory meeting with the Director of Formation for Children. This provides an opportunity for the child and at least one parent/guardian to get acquainted with the process of preparation of heart, mind, and body for First Communion. This is an important step because the process is a little different than the typical CCD model of preparation.
First Communion Meeting
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step 2: fall 2019 kid's small group
The child(ren) preparing for First Communion will then participate in a Kid's Small Group from September through December 2019. To register your child for a Kid's Small Group, head here.
step 3: Parent & child meditation series
In the Spring, the child and at least one parent will participate in a 6-week meditation series that will meet on the following Sunday afternoons from 11:30 AM (or after the 10:30AM Mass) to 1:30PM: February 2nd, February 9th, February 16th, March 1st, March 8th, and March 15th. Each session will include lunch, a meditation to help the child and parent(s) prepare their hearts and minds for the Sacrament, a project/activity for the family, and time for prayer in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. More information will be provided at the initial First Communion Meeting.
step 4: Celebration of the Sacrament of REconciliation
To prepare their hearts for receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, the child will prepare for another gift of Grace from God--the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Confession). This preparation will be done during the parent and child meditation series and through at-home reflection opportunities. The Celebration of First Reconciliation will take place on Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 6PM.
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.