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FIRST RECONCILIATION GUIDELINES
 

Diocesan guidelines for First Reconciliation state that children be prepared for and given the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before their first reception of the Eucharist.  The child’s readiness for the celebration of each of the sacraments is to be determined by the child, the parent, who is the primary educator of his/her child, and the pastor or his delegate.  (Diocesan Policy 9/18/85) If the parent, catechist, pastor or his delegate deems the child is not sufficiently prepared or there is not a sincere commitment to receive the sacrament, it may be recommended to the child and the parent(s) that celebration of the sacrament be postponed.  However, the preparation of the child to receive the sacrament should continue so that the postponement is a relatively short period of time. (GCD Add #4, #5)

 

Classes for First Reconciliation will be taught during the regular Life Long Faith Formation Classes for the 2nd grade students. If your child is passed second grade in the celebration of sacraments see the section on children’s catechumenate.


WE NEED A COPY OF THE CHILD’S BAPTISM FOR THE CHILD’S PERMANENT RECORDS.

  

FIRST EUCHARIST GUIDELINES
 

Diocesan guidelines state that religious readiness for celebration of this sacrament should be based not only on chronological age and school grade but also the child’s preparedness to encounter Christ in this sacramental celebration. The child’s readiness for the celebration of each of the sacraments is to be determined by the child, the parent, who is the primary educator of his/her child, and the pastor or his delegate. (NCD 122, Archdiocesan Policy, 9/18/85).  If the parent, catechist, pastor, or his delegate deems the child is NOT sufficiently prepared or there is not a sincere commitment to receive the sacrament, it may be recommended to the child and the parent(s) that celebration of the sacrament be postponed. (C.914, GDC Add. 4) However, the preparation of the child to receive the sacrament should continue so that the postponement is a relatively short period of time.

 

If the absences are excessive please talk to the coordinator of life long faith formation about circumstances surrounding the absences.

New parishioners who move into the parish must get a letter from their former parish letting us know that the child has been involved in life long faith formation prior to transferring to St. Augustine.

The most common age to celebrate their First Eucharist is in the 2nd grade. If your child is passed the second grade in the celebration of sacraments, see the section on Children’s Catechumenate.

Children attending Catholic School will be required to attend the extra classes that focus on the sacramental preparation. 

Requirements for all students in First Eucharist preparation include:

 

1)       Weekly Liturgy Attendance.

2)       Parent’s attendance at one of the Parent Meetings scheduled.

3)       A copy of the Baptismal Certificates for the child’s permanent file by January 1, 2008. 

4)       Minimal absences (3 unexcused absences).

5)       Knowing all the required prayers. (see Prayer Requirements section)

 

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