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First Communion & Reconciliation






Sacramental Preparation REGISTRATION FORM

Links to Busted Halo videos:

Confession 101 - What is it & how it's done - part one

Confession 101 - What is it & how to do it - part two   

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE UPCOMING SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION YEAR:

Please note that there are mandatory Parent Orientation sessions that precede the student formation sessions. There are two session options per sacrament. Please choose the one that best fits your schedule. For your convenience and planning purposes, the sacramental calendar is printed below.  If you have any questions, please call the Office of Christian Formation at 344-9814.

First Reconciliation Preparation Calendar- 2016

October 16                    Parent Orientation (required)     Classroom 2/3  1:00-1:30 PM

or

October 25                    Parent Orientation (required)     Social Hall        7:00-7:30 PM

October 29                    Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

November 12                Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

November 19                Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

December 10                Sacrament of Reconciliation      Church             10:00 AM

                                     Brunch                                       Social Hall        following service

 

First Communion Preparation Calendar - 2017

March 12, 2017             Parent Orientation (required)     Classroom 2/3  1:00-1:30 PM

or

March 21, 2017            Parent Orientation (required)      Social Hall         7:00-7:30 PM

March 25, 2017            Parent/Child session                   Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

April 1, 2017                 Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45-11:00 AM

April 8, 2017                 Parent/Child session                  Parish Center    8:45AM-12:30 PM

April 26, 2017               Rehearsal/Pictures                     Church              6:30 PM

May 6, 2017                 First Communion Mass              Church              10:00 AM  

                                    Reception following Mass in the Social Hall

 

 

 

Direct questions regarding First Reconciliation and First Communion to Kathy Boyer at kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org


 

Links:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Eucharist
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Penance     
 

DIOCESAN POLICY

In a recent communication from Francis DiLorenzo, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, we were given the required Diocesan policies for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. St. Andrew's is in compliance with these general principles and policies that have been mandated. Participation in the sacraments is a shared responsibility of parents, catechists, and the church itself, which is the assembly of believers united in Christ. The following is a general overview of how this process occurs within our parish. In the event that your young person has not completed preparation and/or received a particular sacrament, and you are concerned, you should contact the assigned coordinator. It is your responsibility to contact these individuals for further instructions.

FIRST RECONCILIATION and FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - Children preparing for these sacraments should be concurrently enrolled in Sunday morning Christian Formation, or at Roanoke Catholic School. Preparation for sacraments is offered in addition to the above mentioned faith formation. Please see Christian Formation calendar for specific dates. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church "Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time." (CCC 1457) Readiness for children to begin preparation for these sacraments is determined in part by:        

(For Reconciliation)

  • Has been baptized
  • Has reached the age of reason (7 years old)
  • Can distinguish between right and wrong
  • Can distinguish between mistakes and accidents
  • Is able to express sorrow for sin
  • Has the ability to forgive others
  • Prays at home and at Mass
  • Is able to relate to Jesus as one who forgives

(For First Holy Communion)

  • Has been baptized
  • Has reached the age of reason (7 years old)
  • Is interested in receiving the sacrament
  • Feels like they belong to the Catholic community
  • Participates in Sunday Mass
  • Prays at home and at Mass
  • Has the ability to relate to Jesus as one who loves
  • Has prepared for and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation