The majority of children enrolled in our Religious Education program have already been baptized in the Catholic Church and begin their formal religious education in First Grade. In the Spring of their Second Grade year, most of these children will celebrate their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Due to various special family circumstances some children require an adapted sacramental preparation program called the Christian Initiation of Children Program. This adapted sacramental program is for parish children Age 7 years through Grade 6 who are in need of one or more of the following:
• Preparation for and celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
• Preparation for full communion in the Catholic Church (Baptized Christian but not Catholic, requiring a Profession of Faith)
• Preparation for and celebration of First Reconciliation
• Preparation for and Celebration of First Eucharist
The extent of the sacramental preparation program will be tailored to each individual family and child after interviews with the program coordinator. The program includes emphasis on the family becoming active in our Catholic Community by registering as parishioners, participating with us at weekly Sunday Mass, weekly participation of the child in religious education classes with their peers, participation in family meetings including completion of supplemental home instruction programs, and involvement in parish ministries (service projects) and social activities. After successful completion of the first phase (usually a year) of the program, children will be assessed to determine if they are ready to begin Phase II of the program.
Phase II of the program typically begins in the fall of the child’s second year of preparation and includes participation in many of the same activities required in Phase I as well as specific preparation for the sacraments.
*Phase II (CIC II) *Children preparing for Baptism will typically be baptized at mass on the Sunday after Easter. They will also celebrate their First Eucharist and Confirmation at that time. These children will celebrate their First Reconciliation later in the spring.
*Special Note: Children in Grade 2 who are preparing for full communion in the Catholic Church (Baptized Christian but not Catholic), will celebrate their First Reconciliation with their second grade classmates during the Lenten Season. They will make their Profession of Faith and celebrate their First Eucharist during the First Eucharist Mass scheduled for their second grade class.
* CIC II Children in Grades 3-6 who are preparing for full communion in the Catholic Church (Baptized Christian but not Catholic), will make their Profession of Faith during their First Eucharist Mass that will typically be scheduled after one school year of preparation. These children will celebrate their First Reconciliation together a few weeks before their celebration of First Eucharist.
*Most children in Grades 3-6 who have been baptized Catholic but have had no previous religious education will celebrate their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist after one year of preparation. They should continue to attend the Religious Education, Jr. High, and Youth Ministry programs through Grade 10. They will then be eligible to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 10 (15 yrs of age)