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Reconciliation and First Communion

 

2020 First Communion Rescheduled


For those who were prepared to receive First Communion in April or May 2020, we have added many rescheduled dates for First Communion. We were hoping to be able to have the students receive all at the same Masses, but because of Covid capacity issues we are limited in the number of students that can receive at each Mass. 

Here are some dates we have planned, but you are more than welcome to choose any date that works for your family. You are also welcome to wait if your family is not ready to return to large gatherings yet. 

Saint Clare
9:30am on Sept 20 (this date is full)  
9:30am on Oct 4 

Saint Thomas
4:30pm on Sept 26 
11:15 on Sept 27 (this date is full) 
11:15am on Oct 4 (this date is full)
11:15am on Oct 18

Please fill out THIS SURVEY to let us know which Mass you would like to have your child receive at.  Once you complete the survey, you are registered for the date you selected.  Trista Minezes, Elementary Faith Formation Director; will contact you to review the details the week prior to your scheduled date.


Details for Rescheduled First Communion


1. Because of capacity limitations, we will only be able to guarantee ten spaces per family ahead of time. If you need additional spots you will need to register on the website through Sunday Mass Sign Up Genius the week of the First Communion

2. We encourage students to wear their First Communion attire and bring their banner to hang on the pew. A pew will be reserved for your family near the front or side of the church. 

3. Due to Covid restritions, we will not be able to do the candle lighting, offertory, sing a son or any additional activity that would require the students to leave their pew during Mass.  Therefore, it will not be necessary to have a rehearsal.

4. Trista will be at church fifteen minutes prior to Mass to review how communicants should hold their hands to receive.  Here is a VIDEO that shows how to receive for you to review with your child. 

5. Mask are required due to the state mandate.  No Blood of Christ (wine) will be distributed.

6.  There will be no need to hand in the workbook that was sent home.  It is important that your child understand that they are receiving Jesus, not bread.

7.  There will be no group picture as students will be receiving at many different Masses.  However, please send an individual photo of your child on their First Communion date and Trista will put together a class photo that will be sent out after most of the children have received.

 

2020-2021 First Reconciliation and First Communion 
 

We are so excited to have your child receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at our parish! Any child who has been baptized in the Catholic Church and is at least in 2nd grade is eligible to start preparing for these sacraments.

If your child is in 7th grade or higher and has not received First Holy Communion, or if your child was baptized in another faith please contact Trista Meinezes separately because the preparation for these students to receive Holy Communion might be different. 

Important Dates and Deadlines


Parent Informational Meeting 

  • Wednesday Oct 7, 2020
  • 6:30pm at St. Clare
  • Children can come, but do not need to

GO SEEK FIND Reconciliation booklet

  • Due December 20, 2020
  • This booklet will be given out at the informational meeting

Interview with Fr. Ed

  • January 1 to 22, 2021
  • Please have all of these memory items prepared
  • Information about time slots preferences will be given out in November

First Reconciliation 

  • Saturday, January 23, 2021
  • 9:00am at St. Thomas

First Communion Retreat

  • Saturday, March 13, 2021
  • 9:00am at St. Clare

GO SEEK FIND Eucharist booklet due

  • April 11, 2021
  • This booklet will be given out at the informational meeting

First Communion Banner Due

  • April 11, 2021
  • Materials and instructions will be given out at the First communion retreat 

First Communion Rehearsal

  • Families will have 3 options for their First Communion Date. Rehearsals correspond with the date chosen.
  • April 23, 2021 at 6:30pm at St. Clare
  • May 1, 2021 at 9:00am at St. Thomas
  • May 1, 2021 at 10:00am at St. Thomas

First Communion

  • Families will choose one of the following
  • April 25 at 9:30am at St. Clare
  • May 1 at 4:30pm at St. Thomas
  • May 2 at 11:15am at St. Thomas
     

First Communion Group Photo

  • Tentatively May 5 at 6:30pm at St. Thomas
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