1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion

Welcome to the St. Joseph Parish  Faith Formation Process for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.  A Wonderful Time of Life!

The beautiful child that you brought into the world, named and carried to the Church for baptism, is now ready to make another step in his or her sacramental life. They have reached the time to begin the  preparation for their First Holy Communion.

The Archdiocesan Guidelines requires a consecutive two(2) year process to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion.  This process begins when you enroll your child/youth in the Religious Education Program (1st Grade and above.)  The first year of study helps the children/youth come to a deeper personal knowledge of Jesus.  They learn that Jesus teaches us about God’s love for us and how we can respond to that love.  The second year of the process continues these themes and provides the children/youth with a growing sense of their Catholic identity.

2017-18 Faith Formation (Age 3-Grade 8)  Registration Packet  

Preparing for 1st communion – importance of parents

Class Schedule for Faith Formation Students                                                        Faith Formation (Religious Education) is for children who do not attend Catholic School. The classes normally start when they are in 1st or 2nd grade.  Because it is a two year program, we refer to the years as Year I Sacrament Preparation and Year 2 Sacrament Preparation, regardless what grade they begin the sessions.  Our classes are on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:45am.

If they are in 3rd grade or higher, the parents need to interview with the Director of Religious Education and they begin a little different journey – so that they can attend classes with peers of their own age.  Parents will be involved in the process at this level.

Catholic School children will be attending classes for Sacrament preparation within the school day.

Sacrament Preparation—Year I (Sac 1)For children beginning the journey toward Reconciliation and Eucharist

  • Faith Formation Children attend classes from 10:30-11:45 Sundays (2017-18 Schedule – Coming Soon)
  • School Children attend classes during school hours
  • Parents attend 2 Workshops (without child)

Sacrament Preparation – Year 2 (Sac 2):  – For children continuing the journey toward Reconciliation and Eucharist.  This is the year they will receive the Sacraments.

  • Faith Formation Children attend classes from 10:30-11:45 Sundays (2017-18 Schedule – Coming Soon)
  • School Children attend classes during school hours
  • Parents attend 2 Workshops (without child)
  • Parents attend 1st Reconciliation Meeting (without child)
  • Parents attend 1st Reconciliation Retreat with child
  • Parents attend 1st Holy Communion Meeting (without child)
  • Parents attend 1st Holy Communion Retreat with child
  • Parents attend 1st Holy Communion Mass Rehearsal with child
  • Parent/Child Preparation in the Home – See below

Parent/Child Preparation at Home: All parents are given resources to support preparation of the sacraments in the home during the 1st and 2nd year.