The majority of children who enter our Elementary Religious Education Program have already been baptized in the Catholic Church. Guided by their parents, they desire to prepare for celebration of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. After submitting a copy of their Baptismal certificate, these children are eligible to enter our standard three year program of sacramental preparation. All children are expected to regularly attend weekly Sunday (Saturday evening) Mass with their families. They are encouraged to attend the 9:00 am Sunday Mass in order to take part in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
The program begins with enrollment in our Elementary Religious Education Program. The child must maintain consistent weekly participation in a First Grade level Monday religious education class. After completing year one, the child moves on to weekly participation in a Second Grade class. He/she must maintain 80% class attendance, families are expected to attend three mandatory First Reconciliation family meetings and parent/child must complete the First Reconciliation Home Program. The child will then be scheduled to celebrate First Reconciliation in late Spring of his/her second grade year.
After celebration of First Reconciliation, the child becomes eligible to prepare for reception of First Eucharist. He/she must participate weekly in a third grade level Monday religious education class and maintain 80% class attendance. Attendance of parent and child at four family meetings is required along with completion of the First Eucharist Home Program.
Upon successful completion of the third year of instruction, the child will be scheduled to celebrate First Eucharist in late Spring of his/her Third Grade year.
These children are expected to continue their religious education in the Elementary Program through Grade 6 followed by participation in the Faithways Junior High Program (Grades 7 & 8). They become eligible to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at 15 years of age after completion of a two year Youth Ministry Program.
Christian Initiation of Children (CIC)
This program is for children 7 years of age through Grade 6 who are not yet baptized or are baptized in another Christian faith and would like to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. It is also for children age 7 through Grade 6 who are already Baptized Catholics but due to serious family circumstances have not been able to fully participate in our standard sacramental program. Click below or call Ann McGinnis at (760) 436-0664.