Sacramental Preparation – First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation

 

  1. First Communion Preparation Classes and Reconciliation Retreat

Each January we open registration for families with children of age to receive First Communion. In early February we begin two months of preparation classes with both the children and parents. The First Communion Celebration is held in Spring, shortly after the Eastern Triduum weekend. Later in June, that same cohort will have a weekend retreat for the sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

Time commitment:

In November we begin seeking out 4-6 catechists who would teach the classes. Each week a pair of catechists teach the children after the 9:30 Sunday Mass. We also seek parents whose children have already received these sacraments to be willing to meet with the children’s parents to reflect on raising families in faith. Each session would require some preparation time and we hold a training session before the start of classes.

 

  1. Confirmation

Similar to First Communion Preparation, we open up registration in September to families with early teens ready for the sacrament. We then begin Faith Formation sessions in October which finish in the early advent season. Depending on the number of teens, the Archbishop will come for the Confirmation Mass which we aim to celebrate in late January or early February.

 

Time commitment:

Pairs of catechists lead weekly sessions of faith formation with the teens at the end of the 9:30 Sunday Mass. We begin the search for catechists in the late Summer and through September.

 

Skills/Qualities:

Working with the children:

  • A love for early childhood education and child faith development
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Patience
  • This ministry is ideal for Student Teachers

Working with the parents:

  • Authenticity
  • Willingness to share your experience

 

Training: Provided

Interview: Yes

Police Check: Required

Contact: Andrew Pump     613 233 4095 x 235 apump@st-josephs.ca