Preparation to receive First Communion begins with the faith witness of the family in the home. When a child’s parents discern a readiness for this important step, the family begins the formal process of preparation. An announcement in the bulletin in late summer gives parents instruction on how to begin the process. 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.
Preparation 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 “reconciling” in the context of the Church community is left to the decision of the child and parent; however the usual time to celebrate this sacrament is at a communal penance service for our young people before Easter, or at any time by making an appointment with the Pastor.
Children should be part of the St. Noel Family Faith Formation @ Home program or attend a Catholic Day School.
The process of preparation for these sacraments will look different in this time of pandemic and will be introduced soon.
For more information or to begin the process, contact Michele Baetzold ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, ext. 121).