Sacrament Preparation for the 2020-2021 school year will be proceeding with some adaptations. Due to the pandemic, this year’s Sacrament instruction will be home based with parents being the primary educators of their children.
Children in Grade Two and up can prepare for their First Reconciliation and First Communion. Preparation for Reconciliation will take place in October and November with the Celebration of the Sacrament in December. Preparation for First Communion will begin in February 2021 with the Celebration of the Sacrament in Spring 2021. More information on preparing for First Communion will go out later this year.
This home-based program does not require gathering in the church except for the actual celebration.
To support this at home learning, the Diocese has made available coaching sessions for parents via Zoom. These sessions will be offered on various dates and times to accommodate as many families as possible. Each session is an hour long and they are for parents only.
Please see the Diocese schedule of Reconciliation preparation sessions here and choose a convenient time for each session (you only need to choose one for each Session). These sessions are not mandatory but are designed to help parents feel enabled to help their children grow in their faith.
You must still register your child with St. Peter’s Parish in order for them to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Your registration will be good for both Sacraments and you can either register here or you can request a registration form from the Church office.
When you register you will be provided with the Celebrate and Remember First Reconciliation and First Eucharist workbooks. You will have the option to choose if you would like to pick up the workbooks at your school or St. Peter’s Church. Unfortunately, only children who go to one of our 7 designated schools will be able to choose the option of picking their workbooks up from school. If your child does not attend one of these schools, you will need to arrange to pick up the workbooks from the Church office. The cost of the workbooks for the 2020/2021 year is $50 ($25 each). You can pay online or at the Church office. Please let us know if you are unable to pay this amount due to your circumstances and we can make the appropriate accommodations.
The deadline for registrations is Friday, October 2, 2020