St. Bartholomew’s children are introduced to the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving their First Eucharist. The preparation events are designed to give you and your child a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and its value in Christian life.
Parent Learning Night: As the primary educators of your children, this parents-only session is designed to help you become more comfortable with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents receive their child’s reconciliation workbook as well as a family guidebook to assist you in preparation for this sacrament of healing and grace. Together you and your child will learn of God’s mercy and forgiveness towards God’s people.
Activity Day: Meant to be the culmination of your family’s preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, parents and children work together at various learning stations to further understand this sacrament of healing.
First Reconciliation Penance Service: This Communal Penance Service is held in the main church so that the community at large can support our children’s first experience of Reconciliation. There will be several priests to assist in this celebration of the sacrament. Parents are encouraged to also receive the sacrament at this time.
Parent Learning Night: At this parents-only session, you will receive both the child’s workbook and a family teaching guide to help you prepare your child for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. This is an opportunity for parents to grow in their own knowledge of the Catholic understanding of Holy Communion.
Activity Day: Using the same format as was used for the Reconciliation Activity Day, the hands-on activities help children to further understand the deep mystery that is Jesus’ gift of himself in the form of simple bread and wine. The children will also have the chance to taste the unconsecrated bread and wine at this time.
Practice: To help make our celebration of your child’s First Eucharist as peaceful and prayer filled as possible, we schedule a time to practice the ritual in the church before the actual sacrament occurs.