Immediate Preparation for 1st Reconciliation, 1st Communion and Confirmation

Immediate Preparation for 1st Reconciliation,

1st Communion & Confirmation

 

It’s a Family Event!

Since Sacramental celebration is a Faith community event and since the family is the core of the Faith community, sacramental preparation needs to take place in both settings.  Parents are primary educators of their children in developing their image of who God is, in developing their relationship with God and in seeing the place God has in their everyday lives. The Church, the larger Faith community is responsible for supporting parents in nurturing their child’s Faith in providing ongoing catechesis in doctrine developed through Scripture and Tradition.  It is an awesomely wonderful venture of relationship!

At your child’s Baptism, you promised God
 “...to … make it your constant care to bring
him (her) up in the practice of the faith.”

General Requirements for
Sacramental Preparation for
First Communion and First Reconciliation

 

  • Children age seven or older
  • Participation in weekly Sunday Mass
  • Minimally, participation in Religious Education for one year before beginning
  • immediate preparation and during the year of immediate preparation
  • Parent and child participation in one of the
    Options for Immediate Preparation
  • According to the norms of the Archdiocese of Denver, First Reconciliation is to be celebrated prior to First Communion. 

Process of Preparation for
First Reconciliation...

Children actively participate in weekly Religious Education classes, where they continue to learn our Catholic Scripture and Tradition, including teaching on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  This sacrament is studied every year according to the child’s ability to comprehend sin, its consequences in relationship and God’s forgiveness.

Immediate Preparation Sessions for Parent(s) and Children 

  • Four 1 1/2-hour Parent and Children Sessions.
  • Parents and Children complete the last 4 Lessons through Home Study Workbooks will be due on a given date following the eight weeks of class time and home time. 
  • If the workbooks are not satisfactorily completed, it will be necessary for Fr. Michael or Fr. Herman to interview the candidate prior to celebration of the Sacrament

Readiness Signs . . .

  • Children are beginning to  experience a sense of guilt.
  • Children are beginning to hold a grudge.
  • Children have a basic understanding of forgiveness, being sorry and trying to do better.
  • Children are beginning to make a distinction between deliberate and accidental actions.

Process of Preparation for
First Communion ...

Having already celebrated First Reconciliation…

Children continue to actively participate in weekly Religious Education classes, where they continue to learn our Catholic Scripture and Tradition, including teaching on the sacrament of Eucharist.  This sacrament is studied every year according to the child’s ability to comprehend Real Presence in the Eucharist, the Sacrifice of Jesus, and being sent to live the Eucharist.

Immediate Preparation Sessions for Parent(s) and Children

  • Four 1 1/2-hour Parent(s) and Children Sessions.
  • Parents and Children complete the last 4 Lessons through Home Study Workbooks will be due on a given date following the eight weeks of class time and home time. 
  • If the workbooks are not satisfactorily completed, it will be necessary for Fr. Michael or Fr. Herman to interview the candidate prior to celebration of the Sacrament

Readiness Signs...

  • Children are beginning to express a love for Jesus through prayer and active participation in Sunday Mass Children are beginning to express an understanding of Jesus’ presence in Eucharist
  • Children are expressing a need for a greater sense of belonging through full participation at the Table of the Lord.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation

 

Immediate Preparation for Adult Confirmation

 

This preparation process is provided every Spring for adults:

  • who are 21 years of age and older,
  • who have celebrated Baptism and First Communion,
  • who have participated in Religious Education classes (in the parish or in Catholic school),
  • who participate in Sunday Mass regularly,
  • and who are interested in celebrating this sacrament.

 Please call the Director of Faith Formation at the parish office for further information and to register. 

      General Requirements for Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation

According to the norms of the Archdiocese of Denver, parishes are to have restored the Order of the Sacraments of Initiation by the year 2020 to the celebration of First Reconciliation one year prior to the joint celebration of Confirmation and First Communion.

  • 2016-17: Children in 6th—8th or 9th—12th  grades
  • 2017-18: Children in 5th – 12th grades
  • 2018-19: Children in 4th – 12th grades
  • 2019-20: Children in the 2nd grade will prepare for and celebrate First Reconciliation
    • Children in 3rd – 12th grades, 2019 -20, will prepare for and celebrate Confirmation and First     Communion
  • Participation in weekly at Sunday Mass
  • Minimally, participation in Religious Education for one year before beginning immediate preparation and during the year of immediate preparation

Process of Preparation of Young People for Confirmation ...

Having already celebrated First Reconciliation…

  • Children actively participate in weekly Religious Education classes, where they continue to learn, age-appropriately, our Catholic Scripture and Tradition, including teaching on the sacrament of Confirmation.

Immediate Preparation Sessions for Parent(s), Children, and their Sponsors (if possible)

  • Four 1 1/2-hour Parent and Children Sessions.
  • Parents and Children complete the last 4 Lessons through Home Study Workbooks will be due on a given date following the eight weeks of class time and home time. 
  • If the workbooks are not satisfactorily completed, it will be necessary for Fr. Michael or Fr. Herman to interview the candidate prior to celebration of the Sacrament

Readiness Signs . . .

  • Children are beginning to express a love for Jesus through prayer and active participation in Sunday Mass Children are beginning to express an understanding of the Holy Spirit as one of three persons of the Holy Trinity
  • Children are expressing a sense of being a child of God through serving God by their attitudes and actions.

 

 
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