CALLED TO THE TABLE - SECOND GRADERS
When children are in the 2nd grade we begin to prepare them to receive Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. We call this group “Journey to the Table” since they are preparing to share in the Table of the Lord with the wider community. Our first meeting is in early October with parents and children. “Parents are the first and most important educator of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: they are educators because they are parents”- St. Pope John Paul II. This meeting will explain what that means and give you some resources to assist you. By deepening your understanding of these Sacraments you journey along with your child.
Prayer is a vital part of this journey. We ask that you name a prayer partner for your child. We will ask for a name and address of your child’s prayer partner. This should be someone outside the home that would be willing and able to not only pray for this child but share with them. We will send out the prompts for them to share on, sending notes or emails each week as they walk toward Reconciliation and Eucharist. Please begin to think about who you would like to ask as a prayer partner. This is a great way to get a grandparent that lives far away involved.
Children receive sacraments through their parish, not the school, so although Catholic Central does help prepare the children for Reconciliation and Eucharist, children from both Catholic Central and our parish CCD program come together to the Journey sessions for sacramental formation. Please bring this Sacramental Registration form to the first meeting.
FIRST RECONCILIATION- Our celebration happens within the Advent Reconciliation service in December. Typically these children then go on to prepare for 1st Eucharist later in the year. The Catholic Church does require a child be catechized in the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to Eucharist. However if you feel, after your time of preparation with your child, that they are not ready to come to Reconciliation, they do not have to receive this sacrament to be allowed to then receive Eucharist. If you find yourself in this situation, please talk to Fr. Bill, Deacon Norm, Deacon John or Lisa Lenard. We may help you work through this. You may find that your child has the simple understanding of forgiveness, which is all that is required.
EUCHARIST- At St. Joseph/ St. Raphael that children receiving Eucharist for the first time come to the table within the Sunday celebration of the Mass in May. St. Raphael has First Eucharist on the 1st Sunday of May, St. Joseph the 2nd Sunday of May. These families have been together since the fall, first preparing for Reconciliation and then continuing on their journey to 1st Eucharist. Formal preparation for Eucharist begins in January. Please refer to the above calendar for all dates.
What an exciting year for both you and your child! We encourage you to make this a special time. If you have any questions or concerns contact Lisa Lenard at 323-7523 ext 17 or