I know you are all greatly looking forward to May 19, 2013!
I know that we had planned on a meeting in early October, but based on feedback from previous years, I was faced with a dilemma: if I have the meeting in the spring, no one knows what is going on until that late in the game. If I have the meeting in the fall, everyone forgets by spring! Also, it occasionally happens that a child who was not planning on receiving this year is ready by the spring or vice versa. Solution: I am going to have TWO parent meetings.
- A "virtual" fall meeting for a heads-up and overview of what we plan to do for First Communion prep
- An early spring meeting for parents of all children who will receive First Communion on May 19th at 10:30 mass.
- How we determine readiness for First Communion
- How First Communion Prep is a part of CGS formation from 3 years old up past 2nd grade
- How your child's particular preparation in our program will go
So first: Readiness.Usually we say that it is around the 2nd grade year that a child is "ready" for First Communion. Eucharist is a free gift, given weekly, even daily, to those who have been prepared for it. It is the summit of our initiation into the Catholic faith. Sometimes a child who is in 2nd grade does not yet have this desire. We try to respect a child's wishes in this regard, so that they are prepared when the time does come. We want the children to be prepared, mentally and spiritually, so that they can recognize the gift they are offered.
Next: Preparation in CGS Class
The long and the short of it is that the general preparation is being done each week as you bring your child to RE classes, and as you bring your child to weekly Sunday Mass.
Finally: the Particular Preparation
What should you be doing now?
- they are learning their prayers (Hail Mary and Our Father are key prayers for Penance for Reconciliation, and they are important to know anyway!) as well as the Act of Contrition.
- Attend Mass weekly as a family.
- Make sure your child is paying attention and behaving reverently. This is a key readiness factor, too!
- Ask your child's catechist or me if you have questions regarding preparation!