First Reconciliation is celebrated by second-grade children and their parents in the fall. Our curriculum is called “Encounter with Christ: Reconciliation” 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: 1) Invite 2) Discover 3) 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 one parent-child workshop that utilizes stories and activities 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 15. Families also have the option to fulfill Reconciliation on their own from 4 to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 18, 25 & Dec. 2, 9, & 16 [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 September 1, 2017.