Sacramental Preparation is a special time for your child and your family. It is an experience that solely focuses on the meaning and value of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Sacramental Prep is a two year process no matter what age children begin. The preparation process begins in Faith Formation. Children participate in Faith Formation either in Catholic school or at a parish. Children are ready to participate in Sacramental Prep in their second year of Faith Formation. If your child has not completed their first year of Faith Formation or is not in the process of completing their second year of Faith Formation they are not eligible to participate Sacramental Prep. Click Here to sign up for Faith Formation.
Children are ready to start preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion if they are:
Registered at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
At least 7 years of age
Actively participate in Faith Formation either through attendance at a Catholic School, or parish faith formation program for 2 consecutive years.
Preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is a family experience designed to bring light and life into your homes and hearts as you share the love of Jesus and why He gifted us these two special Sacraments. Most of the preparation process will take place at home through regular family meetings guided by Pathways Mend and Nourish.
There are two preparation sessions for parents only. At least one parent must attend both sessions. Please save the dates:
- Thursday, January 6th at 6:30pm for parent preparation session #1 – Reconciliation
- Thursday, January 20th at 6:30pm for parent preparation session #2 – Eucharist
Sacramental Prep students must attend at least one teaching Mass with a parent. You will have the option to attend a teaching Mass on:
- Monday, February 7th at 6:30pm or
- Thursday February 24th at 6:30pm
Mend is a First Reconciliation family experience designed to equip parents to teach, share faith, and pray with their children as they lead 7 family meetings in your home. Families will encounter Jesus and experience the beauty of Reconciliation as it connects to daily life by forming clay, making field goals, reading Scripture, engaging in meaningful conversation, and much more.
|Meeting 1: January 23th- Handmade
Meeting 2: January 30th – The Fruit
Meeting 3: February 6th – Lost and Found
Meeting 4: February 13th – Washed Clean
Meeting 5: February 20th – The Goal
Meeting 6: February 27th – Hearts and Stones
Meeting 7: March 6th – Healed
At the end of each meeting, you will use an online accountability form to either upload a picture of your family activity, answer a question or, briefly share your experience with me. For your convenience, a reminder email and link to the accountability form will be sent the day each accountability task is due. If the Holy Spirit is moving your family forward at a quicker pace, please feel free to continue ahead of the schedules above.
On March 12th from 10am-12pm, we will celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation with a special Penance Service held only for Holy Trinity Sacramental Prep Students. Students must be accompanied by one parent or caretaker. Please add this date to your calendar. Each child must receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation before receiving First Holy Eucharist.
Nourish is a First Holy Communion family experience. As you lead your family through 10 meetings you will encounter Jesus and experience the beauty of the Mass as it connects to daily life by building puzzles, baking, reading Scripture, engaging in meaningful conversation, and much more. Traditional classroom learning will be enhanced by parent participation as faith transitions from the classroom to the living room.
Meeting 1: February 20th – Gather
Meeting 2: February 27th – Forgive
Meeting 3: March 6th – Listen
Meeting 4: March 13th – Respond
Meeting 5: March 20th – Prepare
Meeting 6: March 27th – Transform
Meeting 7: April 3rd- Share Peace
Meeting 8: April 10th – Receive
Meeting 9: April 17th – On a Mission
Meeting 10: April 24th – Celebrate
At the end of each meeting, you will use an online accountability form to either upload a picture of your family activity, answer a question or, briefly share your experience with me. For your convenience, reminder email and link to the accountability form will be sent the day each accountability task is due. If the Holy Spirit is moving your family forward at a quicker pace, please feel free to continue ahead of the schedules above.
First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated on Saturday May 7th. Rehearsal will be the Friday May 8th at 5:30pm. Click Here to download a printable schedule.