Preparation for the sacrament of First Communion is a coordinated effort among parents, the parish staff, and Saints Peter and Paul school staff. When parents wish their child to receive the sacrament, they are required to attend two parent meetings designed to provide theology, doctrine, and guidelines to help them prepare their child at home.
”For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.John6:33
Families are also required to meet in Small Neighborhood Groups three times throughout the preparation period. These groups meet in participant’s homes, usually on Monday evenings. Candidates attend a retreat day and parents and candidates attend a Blessing Ceremony and practice. Families must be registered with the parish before registering with the Faith Formation Office for any Sacramental preparation. Your child must be baptized and a copy of the baptismal certificate is required. If you do not have a copy you may obtain one from your Parish Office. All children are expected to have at least one-year of formal religious education before preparation for First Communion.
This program has a candidate’s book and a parent guide. Preparation for the sacrament of Eucharist is a distinct and different preparation than that of Reconciliation. First Communion preparation begins in late January or early February. The Rite is usually celebrated on the last Sunday of April or the first Sunday in May. * First Reconciliation and First Communion large and small groups meet on Monday evenings.