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FIRST COMMUNION
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation are offered to all students (K - 12th grade) enrolled in our Religious Education programs. Reconciliation is usually celebrated in the second grade. Preparation for this sacrament is incorporated into the 2nd grade Curriculum. For those students older than second grade, other preparation is provided.

In third grade students prepare for both Confirmation and First Eucharist, and receive these sacraments together in a liturgical celebration in the spring. Preparation for Eucharist is incorporated into the 3rd grade curriculum. Older children who have not yet received First Eucharist and/or Confirmation prepare for the sacraments with in their own grade levels.

A one day family retreat is also required for Confirmant and parents. Students must have received First Reconciliation in order to receive First Eucharist and Confirmation, regardless of age.

If your child will be celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion at the end of this Catechetical year. (or at least one of the Sacraments).

HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PREPARING FOR SUCH A GLORIOUS EVENT

1. Bring to the R.E. Office a copy of the certificate of all Sacraments the child has received.(IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO) This is mandatory even if the child was baptized at Our Lady of Guadalupe. This helps us locate the child in the Church's records to properly and faster enter in the books, the Sacraments your child has received, or, to mail notification to the Church of Baptism if Baptized in another State, Country etc.

2. Choosing the right sponsor is very important. Our Catholic Church recommends the Sponsor to be the Baptism God Parents. This practice supports the connection between Baptism and Confirmation. When choosing someone else as a Sponsor please keep in mind the following:

Sponsors must be at least sixteen years old.
They may not be the natural or adoptive parents of the Confirmation candidate.
They must be fully initiated into the Catholic Faith (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist).
They must be leading a life in harmony with the Faith.
They must be free of any canonical impediment. eg. Living as a couple without the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Sponsor will receive a 'sponsor form' and be asked to take it to the parish he/she belongs to and have signed by the Pastor or authorized person.
Children do not need sponsor for 1st Communion.

3. Your Child has to choose a Saint Name for Confirmation by researching about Saint’s lives. A Confirmation candidate is strongly encouraged to be confirmed under his or her baptism name, or in accordance to the past custom of the Church, select the name of a biblical, beatified, or canonized person as recognized by the Church. If candidates decide to select a name, they should be familiar with the life of the patron of their choice and the ways in which this person was a witness to Christ and demonstrated discipleship. Examples of names you can’t choose: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, as these were names given to our Mother in her different apparitions in this world. Your child has to write one page about her/his chosen Saint, stating why he/she chose it. Here are some catholic web pages where you and your child can research.

www.catholic.org/saints/stindex.php;

                                          

2017/2018 Religious Education Classes start September 13th!
 
 
 
 
 

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