First Holy Communion is celebrated by second-grade children and their parents in the spring. Our curriculum is called “Encounter with Christ: Eucharist” by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. Six lessons are fulfilled through a partnership between parents and the classroom catechists. The parish provides a workbook and a parent guide for each child. Each lesson has three parts: Invite, Discover, Live. The parent and child fulfill the Invite and Live parts at home. The classroom catechist fulfills the Discover part. All materials are explained by the Director of Faith Formation during one 90-minute parent meeting.
The child and at least one parent also participate in two parent-child workshops that utilize stories and activities to review content about the sacrament and rehearse with the children. Childcare is provided during the parent meeting and for the parent-child workshops if parents request it. There is no fee for this service. First Holy Communion is celebrated at the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Families wishing to participate in the preparation process for First Holy Communion must complete a sacrament form, attach a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (unless they were baptized at St. Patrick), and return the form to Tammy Kessler, administrative assistant for faith formation, by January 12, 2018. [If you submitted a completed sacrament form for your child’s First Reconciliation, you DO NOT need to complete a second sacrament form.]