Your child's formation for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion is based on your family's active participation in the Catholic faith. Canon Law #1653 states that the parents are the primary educators of their children's faith. Receiving the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and Communion are not just cultural or traditional rites of passage that Catholics do just because they are Catholic. Rather, these Sacraments are powerful, grace filled experiences that provide us with the necessary spiritual energy to fuel our Christian pilgrimage on Earth. The Sacraments impel us, through grace, to further our commitment to Christ. Your desire to prepare your child for the reception of these Sacraments confirms you are committed to your Catholic faith.
While we are graced with extremely competent and knowledgeable Catechists, parents are highly encouraged to follow some basic guidelines to ensure their children are prepared; some helpful hints in making your child's preparation more meaningful:
- Attend Mass regularly
- Arrive to Mass on time
- Sit up front
- Pray and sing with the congregation
- Receive Communion regularly
- Discuss the weekly readings with your child
- Discuss the Homily with your child after Mass
- Go to reconciliation
- Model forgiveness at home
- Model an active faith through community involvement
The requirements for a successful completion of the Sacramental Preparation program at Christ the King:
- 2nd graders; 7 years of age
- Baptized in the Christian faith
- Enrollment and regular attendance in weekly Religious Education classes. (1st grade classes are greatly encouraged!) You may NOT home-school your child during sac prep year.
- One excused class per semester, with make-up within the following week.
- Mandatory attendance at each of the 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion Retreats.
- Completion of the child's workbook with a parent.
- Mandatory parental attendance at the information meetings.
- Parental participation at one of the Retreats.
Please feel free to contact the Religious Education with any concerns or questions you may have involving Sacramental Preparation here at Christ the King.