first holy communion
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First Holy Communion
Kinder 9:20 to 11:30 am
(Pre-K/Kinder classes don’t attend 12:00 noon Mass) Children must be picked up and signed out promptly at 11:30 am in the Hall foyer.
9:20 am to 1:00 pm (Noon Mass Included)
9:20 am to 1:00 pm (Noon Mass Included)
Students need be on time and prepared to participate with his/her book and materials. In case of late arrival, stop by the office before going to class.
All students will be placed accordingly to the level of instruction needed. Class size will be determined by enrollment and grade level. Students will be placed on a roster at the time of registration provided all proper documentation is submitted and tuition is paid in full. Once the class reaches its limit, the class will be closed. (Minimum class size = 15, Maximum class size = 25)
All students are required to complete 30 hours of class instruction a year. Children/youth in First Communion sacramental classes will move up with their class provided all requirements for that level have been met. Any absences must be called in by the parent to the office and to your child/youth’s catechist. Make-up work is required. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in being dropped from the program and not completing impending sacraments.
All parents & students are encouraged to celebrate the 12-noon Mass. To help our families worship together on Sundays, families with more than one child in the program may choose the class to sit with at Mass and bring their other children to that class to sit together.
After the age of 5, children who want to receive the sacrament of baptism must be registered with the program for two years and register for a baptism with the Rectory. Parents and godparents will be required to attend baptismal classes before the beginning of the 2nd year of formation but before January the year of child’s baptism. Godparents must be fully initiated Catholics (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) and in good standing with the church.
English baptismal classes are held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the hall. The Spanish baptismal class is held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in the rectory. Refer to the church bulletin for any changes. The baptismal class certificate is good for two years.
FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
Children are required to attend no less than 2 consecutive years of formation from 1st grade through High School. If the 2-year formation period is not sufficient for the child, instruction will continue into the third year. Parents will be informed as to the progress by mid-January at each level. Therefore, it is very important that parents be committed and involved in their child’s formation!
Parents of children/youth in sacramental classes will attend Sunday adult formation meetings.
Dates & times can be found on our website.
All formation classes will have required projects. Parent participation and involvement is expected. It will make a positive difference to your child’s personal and spiritual growth!
Alive in Christ, by Our Sunday Visitor is the program used for children in Pre-Kinder to 7th Grade.
These texts are judged to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the US Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee to oversee the use of the Catechism.
Pre-Kinder through 3rd grade students are introduced to the Children’s Catholic Bible in whole group instruction.
4th – 7th grades study the Break Through Translation Bible for Young Catholics.
*CONTINUING FORMATION* 3rd – 7th GRADE
Class sizes are contingent upon having a minimum of 15 students per class. Children who have received their First Holy Communion are encouraged to continue their faith journey through our instruction program. The study of the Scriptures, the sacraments, and the Liturgy of the Mass are brought to life through sharing, and proclaiming the Word. The children will also be taught how to serve in the various ministries. They will be given the opportunity to express their God-given gifts during the Mass. These ministries include hospitality, ushering, proclaiming the Word, and altar serving.
Children in Continuing Formation are given the opportunities to better their understanding of our Faith.
ADULT / PARENT FORMATION
We will have class formation for parents. The parent’s formation is aligned up with the communion curriculum in order to promote family learning and participation.