Parents have shared the gift of human life with their children and, through Baptism, have enriched them with a share in God’s own life. They have the duty to nourish it. Catechesis for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and of the Eucharist is provided in the 2nd Grade of elementary schooling. Parents, guided by the Director of Children’s Ministry in alignment with the pastor, participate in sacramental catechetical programs for their young children.
First Sacraments Schedule for 2018-2019
1 Sept. 23 and Sept. 26 Baptism: What does it mean to have your child baptized into the Catholic Faith? What are the responsibilities that come from the “I do” that you made for your child(ren). Review what is said by the parents during Baptism.
2 Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 Precepts of the Church: Where did these precepts come from, why do people think sometimes that the Catholic Faith is nothing but rules, rules, rules instead of opportunities, opportunities, opportunities.
3 Oct. 7 and Oct. 10 What is the Matter and Form for Reconciliation? What is the Catholic Church’s teaching on Pugartory?
4 Oct. 21 and Oct. 24 Why is examining our conscience so important, should we be doing this every night before we go to bed and not just before we go to Confession. How does one make a proper Confession and is it ever invalid based on the part of the Confessee?
5 Sunday,Oct. 28 only this week due to Halloween Confession to a priest: What are the three degrees of Holy Orders? Why can’t a deacon hear someone’s Confession? What are the historical and Biblical roots of Confession?
6 Nov. 4 and Nov. 7 What are our responsibilities when we leave the Confessional? How do we integrate the forgiveness God has just given us into our lives and the lives of others? Use the Biblical story of the woman who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, her hair and expensive perfume. Why expensive perfume? Why is that in the story?
First Reconciliation Retreat is November 11 between 1 and 3
First Reconciliation is Tuesday, November 13 between 5:00 a.m.
First Holy Communion
1 Feb. 10 and Feb. 13 What is Liturgy? Is it JUST the Mass? Why is teaching our children to pray so important to our family, Faith Community and the Society we live in?
2 Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 So many people think Catholics don’t know the Bible, when, in actuality it is quoted throughout the Mass! Pick out some of the important Biblical quotes that have a lot of meaning to you as priest or deacon and share them with the parents. Ex. “Lord I am not worthy…”
3 Feb. 24 and Feb. 27 How are we worthy to receive Christ in the Eucharist? Why is Sacrilege against the Eucharist especially grave? Why is it a mortal sin? Why do Devil Worshippers KNOW it’s the Body of Christ and 49% of Catholics don’t believe that???? This may be a little dark but it’s the truth and people need to hear it!
4 Class on Sunday only March 3 due to Ash Wednesday Relativism How does this go against what Jesus taught in the Gospels? Why is the attitude of “Do whatever you want, it’s your soul, your body, as long as you aren’t hurting me? Conflict with the teachings of Christ?
5 Mar. 10 and Mar. 13 The Fruits of the Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. CCC1391 We then go out and fulfill our mission as Christ’s disciples (DISCIPLESHIP)
6 Mar. 31 and April 3 How do we teach children that when we bring them to the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, it is because we BELIEVE in them ourselves, we are NOT hypocrites, we really want this for our children. How do we teach them to love our Faith and to Go and proclaim the Good News!
First Holy Communion Retreat is Saturday, May 4
First Holy Communion is Sunday, May 5 at a First Holy Communion Mass at 12:30
At the Church of Saint Mary, our Sacramental Preparation Program for Reconciliation and Holy Communion supports the parents as the first person to form their children. These Sacramental Preparation programs encourage parents to embrace their role as the primary teacher of the faith. The catechists help the parents to understand this as their role, and assist and encourage the parents so that they can do it effectively.
At the same time, most parents receive some help in learning more about their faith. Many may not have had any kind of faith formation since they were children. The programs help the parent to understand and relate their lived experience of faith in order to pass it on to their child. Simple goals and suggested activities are tools that enable parents to pass on their faith, and give parents ideas of where and how to start.
Educational resources help parents by helping them learn where to find answers for particular situations. Sometimes that “resource” may be a staff member or volunteer catechist at the parish. Online resources or book suggestions are given to supplement the lesson being taught.
Finally, parents really benefit from a supportive community of other parents and guardians. Parents coach each other: sharing ideas, brainstorming, and giving each other encouragement.
Requirements for First Reconciliation & First Communion:
- As a general rule, children celebrate the Sacraments during the 2nd grade
- Older children who missed the Sacraments in the 2nd grade are invited to participate
- Child must be baptized Catholic. Copy of Certificate of Baptism is required if not Baptized at the Church of Saint Mary to enroll in the Sacramental Preparation Program.
- Child must celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving First Communion, per the guidelines of the Diocese of Tulsa
- Child and family must be attending Mass regularly
- Child’s family must be registered parishioners of the Church of Saint Mary or attending the School of Saint Mary (if you belong to another parish, written permission from the pastor to participate in our program is required).
- Child must have had at least one year of formal Religious Education in a parish RE program, school program or formal homeschool program before beginning Sacramental Preparation
- If child has not had any prior, formal Religious Education, the child should be enrolled in a first grade Religion class and delay the Sacrament until next year
- Child must currently be enrolled in and attending a 2nd grade or higher religion class, either in a Catholic school or in the parish Religious Education program as well as the Sacramental Preparation classes.
- Child and parent must together attend 6 Sacramental Preparation sessions for each Sacrament (Reconciliation and Communion).
- In addition, child must attend a retreat day prior to each Sacrament. These retreats will be held at the Church of Saint Mary and will be parent-directed under the leadership of the program director
- Only two absences from class are allowed for each Sacrament (lessons are made up at home for absences)