First Reconciliation 2014-2015




Parent Meeting

There is one parent meeting offered at two different times for your convenience:

Sunday, October 26: 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Thursday, October 30: 7:30 - 8:30 PM

At least one parent from all families who want their children to receive First Reconciliation at Blessed Sacrament parish must attend this meeting. If you have had a child received First Reconciliation in the last two years and still have the Family Book you need not attend.

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Dates 

Celebration of First Reconciliation will be in Church at the following times:

Saturday, December 6: 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM

Saturday, December 13: 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM


You decide which day and time your child comes to First Reconciliation by sending me an email with the date, time and your child’s name, before Monday, November 17, 2014.

Expectations

Overall

Families should try to establish two habits, if they aren’t in place already.

First, do some kind of prayer at home each day. It could be a prayer in the morning, a meal prayer, an evening or bedtime prayer. The preferred choice for this year would be to say the Our Father because that prayer is the one we expect children to know so they can more fully participate at Mass. The pattern should be the same, begin with the sign of the Cross and say the Our Father together and end with the Sign of the Cross. If the child already knows the Our Father by heart then a meal prayer or the Hail Mary would be good. Each of these prayers can be found at the Prayer Program description.

Second, come to Mass as often as possible. Coming each week is the goal. If some pattern of regular Mass attendance is not established as a family habit, children will not really understand First Eucharist, and they will have little basis for practicing the Catholic faith as they get older. If you value the sacraments enough to send your children for Religious Education then you have to consider a regular pattern of attendance at Mass to be a crucial part of the program.

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Actual Preparation

The primary preparation for this sacrament is what families do at home. Parents are the first and best choice for teaching the sacraments to their children.  What our catechists teach in class is supplemental to the traditions taught by parents.  

For those receiving the sacraments in 2014-2015, there have been a few changes to the preparation program.  As of October 26th, our 2nd grade catechists will be using a dedicated Sacramental Prep curriculum in our Religious Education classes and for students in Blessed Sacrament School, 2nd grade teachers will utilize the curriculum found in their school texts to prepare their students for each sacrament.  For Religious Education classes, this sacramental preparation curriculum will replace our current standard grades 1-5 Lectionary based curriculum.  For students in Blessed Sacrament School, it will simply mean a change in the textbook chapter order used in the classroom.  

The decision to switch to a solely sacramental preparatory curriculum this year was made in consultation with our Pastor, Father Chip Hines, and school Principal James Spillman, along with the 2nd Grade teachers at Blessed Sacrament School.  In reviewing the current school curriculum and the take-home kits we have used in past years for sacramental prep, we discovered we were needlessly duplicating our efforts, and it was my wish to bring sacramental prep into our Religious Education 2nd grade classrooms, so that we ensure all of our children are equally and properly prepared to receive the sacraments when the time comes.  For those with older children who have yet to receive the sacraments, a take-home kit is available for family use.

Religious Education students in 2nd grade will utilize worksheets and workbooks to help aid in their preparation.  These workbooks and worksheets will be used for 1st Reconciliation preparation, in class, the weeks of October 26th, November 2nd, and November 16th.  On November 16th, all workbooks will be sent home with students, to complete the remaining pages with their parents before their chosen 1st Reconciliation date.

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Reconciliation

This is a communal service, expect to stay for the entire hour. Please plan to go to confession at this service as your child is doing. The priests who will be there expect that its been a long time for most adults. 

Children will be expected to know how to make the Sign of the Cross and be able to recite the Act of Contrition. We will use the Act of Contrition found further down on this page.


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Dress Code

Your child should be dressed neatly as if they were going to a special occasion. Boys do not have to wear jackets and ties. Girls do not have to wear fancy dresses. However, jeans, sweatshirts, T-shirts and sneakers are inappropriate.

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Baptismal Record

If you have not already supplied the parish with a copy of the child’s baptismal record, you need to provide a copy of the long form baptismal record. Beginning last year we asked for a copy of this record when children were registered with Religious Education for the first time. If you supplied it then, we don't need another copy. Otherwise, please contact the church where the child was baptized, including Blessed Sacrament and explain he or she is receiving First Reconciliation and ask for a copy of the record. For Blessed Sacrament fill out this form

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Act of Contrition

For Second Graders:

My God,

I am sorry for all my sins.

I will sincerely try to do better.

Jesus, help me and have mercy on me. Amen.

Parents can use this too. The traditional Act of Contrition was just one way of expressing sorrow.

If you have any questions any time throughout the year do not hesitate to call AnneMarie Dion at the parish house, (508) 668-4700 or email adion@blessedsacrament.org.

Thank you for celebrating this sacrament as part of the Blessed Sacrament community.

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