A Blueprint for Receiving First Holy Communion

A Blueprint for Receiving First Holy Communion

 

  • First you must register your child for First Holy Communion with the church.

 

Goals:

 

You, as their parent and first teacher, will need to ensure that your child is ready to receive the Sacrament by having the following knowledge in place:

 

  • Your child must know the basic story of God, creation, Adam, sin, Jesus, grace, baptism, heaven and hell. 
  • Your child must know by heart: The Creed, seven sacraments, ten commandments, basic prayers – The Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and how to say the rosary by saying the prayers and using the beads. 
  • Sin; Your child must know how to do a daily Examination of Conscience, Know the Act of Contrition by heart and how to make a good confession. 
  • Your child must know what the Blessed Sacrament is (Jesus) and show a desire to receive Jesus. 
  • Present your child to the DRE for an interview when you think your child is ready to receive Jesus. 

 

We, as the church, will be here to back you up and give support but it will be your responsibility to teach and train your child the information needed to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

 

Path: How will this work: 

 

Year 1:

 

  • Work through Level 1 of  the Faith and Life series. This can be done at your own pace but the general thought is that you would complete this book within a year.  
  • Use the Framework Booklet as a guide to help keep you on track. 
  • Watch the videos from Fr. Levine on prayer and the rosary to help equip you as parents when teaching your children. 
  • Attend regularly scheduled Wednesday Night Homework Nights.
    • You and your child will have an opportunity to have access to catechists to help you through a lesson you may be having difficulties with or a concept that you may be struggling with or just simply do not understand. 
    • You, as a parent, will have the ability to sit with a Catechist to explain content to you or give you ideas on how to teach a concept or you and your child can attend these sessions together but you will not be able to just drop your child off and come back and pick them up.
  • You and your children will need to attend any and all classes, meetings or workshops that are implemented by the parish. These are intended to help clarify and solidify any teachings and/or procedures. 
  • You can also contact your DRE for resources that are available to help teach and enhance each lesson for your child.
  • You also have access to FORMED.org where you will be able to find many lessons and talks for you as a parent as well as for your child to help explain a concept to your child. 

 

Year 2:

 

  • Work through Level 2 of  the Faith and Life series. This can once again be done at your own pace but the general thought is that you would complete this book within a year.  
  • Continue to use the Framework Booklet as a guide to help keep you on track. 
  • Review the videos from Fr. Levine on prayer and the rosary as needed to help equip you as parents when teaching your children. 
  • Continue to attend regularly scheduled Wednesday Night Homework Nights.
    • You and your child will have an opportunity to have access to catechists to help you through a lesson you may be having difficulties with or a concept that you may be struggling with or just simply do not understand. 
    • You, as a parent, will have the ability to sit with a Catechist to explain content to you or give you ideas on how to teach a concept or you and your child can attend these sessions together but you will not be able to just drop your child off and come back and pick them up.

 

  • You and your children will need to attend any and all classes, meetings or workshops that are implemented by the parish. These are intended to help clarify and solidify any teachings and/or procedures. 
  • You can also contact your DRE for resources that are available to help teach and enhance each lesson for your child.
  • You also have access to FORMED.org where you will be able to find many lessons and talks for you as a parent as well as for your child to help explain a concept to your child. 

 

Your children learn by example so it is important that you are leading by example. It is very hard to teach someone something and then contradict it by your actions and/or the way that you choose to live your life. To prepare your child for Reconciliation and then not go as a parent is a contradiction and causes what the church calls “scandal” or to put it simply “a confusion that may lead others astray”. To teach your child about Holy Eucharist and Who It Is and then not attend Mass on a regular basis is a contradiction. 

This will take a commitment to conversion of heart and let God lead us to always do His Will. For some this will be easy and for a lot of us this will take a lot of time in prayer and perseverance. God loves that we will consistently try and understands that the battle is real for us. We must learn to trust in Him.