Preparation for the sacrament 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.
”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John1:9
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 celebrate the Reconciliation Rite with their families in mid-November. Families must be registered in the parish before registering with the Faith Formation Office for Sacramental preparation. Your son/daughter must be baptized and a copy of the baptismal certificate is required even if they were baptized at Saints Peter and Paul Parish. If you do not have a copy you may obtain one from your Parish Office. All children are expected to have a least one-year of formal religious education before preparation for First Reconciliation.
This family friendly series is composed of a candidate’s book and a parent guide. Orientation for First Reconciliation begins in September. The Rite is celebrated in November. There is a 2 month break and begin preparation for First Communion in late January or early February.