Requirements for the Reception of Sacraments

These are the requirements children should meet in order to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and Eucharist:
 

  1. Good personal disposition to receive the Sacraments
  2. Attend Mass on Sundays and days of obligation
  3. Know by heart their prayers
  4. Know the Parts of Mass
  5. Attend weekly instruction and know age-appropriate Church teachings
  6. Be able to mention important facts about each Sacrament
  7. Matter
  8. Form
  9. Minister
  10. Know how to approach the Sacraments

During weekly instruction, in grades 1 and 2, students prepare for First Communion. They learn that God is a Father, loving, caring, and just, who sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from the slavery of sin so that we can live happily in communion with God. Children also learn that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, instituted the Catholic Church to show us the way to eternal salvation. In this context, in the second preparation stage (February-May), students come to appreciate the meaning of the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist; that Jesus comes to their hearts and souls to feed them and strengthen them in the faith.

Role of Families and Teachers

Families' proactive participation throughout the preparation process is of outmost importance. Families can reinforce the teachings their children receive in parish religious education. These are some ways in which families can help their children to prepare for the Sacraments adequately.

Families:

  1. Attend Mass, on Sundays and on days of obligation, with their children.
  2. Pray daily with their children, morning and night. (Basic Prayers, Words to Know, and Teachings are posted on our Website)
  3. Complete Home-Catechesis lessons. (Refer to Fridge Calendar on our website)
  4. Participate at Lent, Triduum, and Easter services provided by Resurrection, Saint Paul, or by any other parish, depending upon where families are at the time.
  5. Go to Confession so that their children become familiar with this Sacrament.
  6. Get involved in their children’s life: Talk with them about what they learned in class and help them figure out how to put it into practice.

Teachers:

  1. Cover the chapters and lessons as scheduled (Refer to Weekly Instruction Manual and the Preparation for First Communion Schedule)
  2. Ask if their students are attending Sunday Mass; if not inform the Office. Office will contact families to discuss the matter.
  3. Make sure students are learning their prayers by heart.
  4. Pray daily with your students; use the prayers in the back of the books.
 

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