First Communion begin with the faith witness of the family
and home. When a child's parents discern a readiness for this
important step, the family applies to begin the process of
preparation during a designated time in late summer prior to
the Spring in which they receive the sacraments. The date
is published in late August or early September in the parish
bulletin. Although preparation traditionally takes place in
grade two, parents may discuss with the pastor and religious
education director an individual child's preparation earlier
or later than second grade based on the readiness and maturity
of the individual child.
of preparation includes:
at a Family Information and Interview Session on one of
two Sunday afternoons in late summer (generally from 12:15-1:45
at a Parent Orientation meeting (generally in October) and
five family gatherings throughout the year (about 90 minutes
each). A family may miss one session due to illness or family
emergency, but will be required to meet with a mentoring
family to make up the session. Failure to meet his standard
will require that the family postpone the process of preparation
until a time that is more convenient for the family.
in Faith formation either through St. Noel's CALL/PEACE program or attendance
at a Catholic Day School.
of family ministry experiences and documented in family
participation in liturgies on designated weekends for acceptance
and blessings from the parish community.
of First Communion at the parish liturgies
(5:00 p.m. Saturday, or Sunday at 9:00 a.m.)
on a designated weekend in April or May (generally two or
three weeks after Easter).
for First Reconciliation involves most importantly the readiness
and maturity of the individual child. Catechesis takes place
at all levels of religious development. The time to celebrate
the "reconciling" in the context of the Church community is
left to the decision of the child and parent; however an opportunity
is provided to celebrate this sacrament at a communal reconciliation
service for our young people before Easter, or at any time
through an appointment with the Pastor.