First Reconciliation is celebrated by second-grade children and their parents in the fall. Second graders in St. Patrick’s Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) will use “Encounter with Christ: Reconciliation” by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. Lessons will be fulfilled through a partnership between parents and the PREP catechist. 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.
Second graders in St. Patrick School will use a curriculum entitled “Blest Are We” by RCL/Benziger Publisher. This single textbook contains the lessons for both Reconciliation catechesis and First Holy Communion catechesis plus additional lessons that correspond to the liturgical year. RCL/Benziger has a stellar reputation as a Catholic publisher. Lessons will be fulfilled through a partnership between parents and School catechists. This curriculum also includes helpful online tools. Each lesson has five parts: Take Home, Hear and Believe, Respond, Prayer, & Chapter Review. The parent and child fulfill the Take Home part of the lesson at home. The classroom catechist fulfills the Hear and Believe, Respond, Prayer, and Chapter Review. All materials will be explained by the School catechists during one required 90-minute parent meeting. [Click on “Letter to parents…” below for dates and times of parent meetings.]
All PREP and School second graders and at least one parent per family are expected to participate in one (1) parent-child workshop, which utilizes videos and role playing to review content about the sacrament and rehearse with the children. Childcare for toddlers through age five is provided during the parent meeting and for the parent-child workshop if parents request it. There is no fee for this service.
First Reconciliation is celebrated as a communal rite from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 14. Families also have the option to fulfill Reconciliation on their own from 4 to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 17, 24 & Dec. 1, 8, & 15 [Saturdays of Advent] in Church or by appointment with Father Jeff Shooner, pastor, or Father Adam Carrico, associate pastor.
Families wishing to participate in the preparation process for First Reconciliation 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 Aug. 31, 2018.