Thank you for blessing St. Bernard Faith Community, as your Baptized child continues to prepare for their next Sacrament of Initiation which is First Eucharist. Children of our parish who have been baptized, are in the second grade or older, and have completed a minimum of one year of Faith Formation classes or Catholic Day School, are invited to prepare with their families for the celebration of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Our Diocesan policy asks that First Reconciliation preparation and celebration of the sacrament proceed preparation for First Eucharist.
Parents are the primary educators and formers of their child’s faith. With this understanding, your Faith Formation and entire Church family enter into this time of preparation with you to support you in your desire to raise your children in the faith, knowledge and tradition of the Church. Preparation for the sacraments are done in addition to attending weekly Faith Formation class.
We begin in October with parents attending an orientation session, which is required of all parents before beginning the preparation process with their children. The gatherings that follow require a parent(s) to attend with their child, including the retreat. Regular Mass participation and completion of the workbook at home complete the process. The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is celebrated in January.
Holy Communion is the reception of the Eucharist, which is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s Body and Blood. Through baptism we are made sharers in the life of Christ; through Holy Communion that spiritual life is nourished and strengthened.
Preparation for First Eucharist begins in January each year with the celebration of the Holy Sacrament usually taking place in April or May. As with First Reconciliation, attendance at the mandatory parent meeting in October is required, followed by preparation in which the child and at least one parent or guardian attend. Regular Mass participation, learning their prayers and completion of the workbook at home complete the process. All parish families with a second grade child are invited by mail in the summer prior to participate in this process. If you do not receive this form by August 1st, click here to contact Maurine. For a calendar listing First Communion process dates for 2016-2017 click on the schedule of classes image below. Please contact Maurine Overersch, Director of Faith Formation for further information.