Suppose for a moment that you have a child preparing for First Communion and you receive the letter below from your Pastor or DRE. What is your response? Put your response in the comment box if you wish. Thanks!
Dear 2nd Grade Parent,
Praised be Jesus Christ! Please know of the prayers of the priests and catechetical staff of our parish for you and your family as you prepare for the reception of your child's First Holy Communion. What a beautiful moment in the faith life or your family. Our Lord will come to reside in yet another member of your family through reception of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
As we draw closer to the date of First Holy Communion we are asking that your family take a few extra steps to help prepare your children for this most wonderful of moments in one's childhood.
- Please attend Sunday Mass as a family. All of the children preparing to receive their First Holy Communion are asked to check in with the Pastor, who will be in the Parish Hall before and after Sunday Masses. As a reminder, the Saturday Night Vigil Mass DOES COUNT AS SUNDAY MASS. Those families who , due to extenuating circumstances, might attend Mass at one of our neighboring parishes are asked to just send in a not with their child. This note may be turned in to their teacher at either the Parish School or their division of PSR, and will then be passed onto the Pastor.
- The children should make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation AT LEAST ONCE more before making their First Holy Communion. If Sunday Mass is missed, the child should be instructed that, except for illness, missing Sunday Mass is a mortal sin and should be confessed. Your family is invited to participate in the Lenten Family Penance Service.
- Please review, with your child, the prayers they are to have memorized so as to help build an environment of prayer in the home. The priests and teachers can only reinforce what is already taught in the home since you the parents are the primary educators or your children. The children preparing to receive Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament are expected to know The Sign of the Cross, The Our Father, The Hail Mary, The Glory Be, The Guardian Angel Prayer, and the Act of Contrition.
- Until your child has received their First Holy Communion, please refrain from having your children attend Children's Liturgy of the Word, as this will allow them to witness the unfolding of the Liturgy of the Word in the Church at Sunday Mass and to participate in the Creed which is recited after the Homily.
We wish to remain in service to you as you prepare your child for this wonderful sacrament.
In the Peace of Christ, The Pastor
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