Second graders prepare for the reception of their First Reconciliation and Communion during the course of the year. The abbreviated summer sessions do not prepare students for First Reconciliation or First Communion. Grade 8 will be confirmed in the Spring. Preparation for the reception of Confirmation begins in Grade 7. Students are expected to fulfil the requirements including journals, service experiences, interviews, etc.
First Reconciliation and First Communion
Reconciliation and First Communion are two beautiful Sacraments that our children receive every year. Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. Children find God’s forgiveness for the things they need to be sorry for. We emphasize good decision making, listening to their conscience and abide by the Commandments that God has given us. A parent meeting is held to assist parents in preparing their child to receiving the sacrament. All parents whose children will be receiving this sacrament are expected to be there. First Reconciliation takes place in December during a beautiful prayer service. Parents and other adults attending are encouraged to receive the sacrament that day also.
First Communion is when children are invited to share in Jesus’ body and blood for the first time. They learn what it means to be part of parish and to practice their faith each week by listening to the 3rd commandment: Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Boys usually wear a suit and tie and girls wear white or pastel colored dresses. Prior to this memorable day, parents must attend a parent meeting held as well as a retreat with their child. Attendance is expected at both of these events.
Most children will receive their first Reconciliation and First Communion in second grade. If a child has not made it in second grade they must first complete 1 year of Religious education before they are permitted to be eligible to be in the First Reconciliation and First Communion class. A child must be baptized in order to receive these sacraments.
Candidates for Confirmation are referred to as Confirmandi. Confirmandi spend the better part of two years spanning a summer fulfiling expectations set out for them by the Office of Religious Education, which operates under the auspices of the Achdiocese of Chicago.
Confirmation marks a candidate’s choosing to take the step to make the vows answered for them at Baptism their own. They become a mature Catholic within our parish. This important day is taken with much joy and anticipation. There is also a lot of preparation and learning.
Confirmation is a 2 year preparation process at St. Patricia Parish. The journey begins in 7th grade as they begin their service within the parish and community. They also choose a sponsor that will be with them as they journey toward Confirmation. During their 7th grade year they will also attend mass and keep a current mass journal. All students attending Sunday Mass at St. Patricia must sign in the book in the back of church. If attending a different church, they must have the church’s name with the signature of the presider (priest) of the Mass.
In 8th grade, students will learn more specifically about the sacrament itself. They look thoroughly at the Mass and all the people’s responsibilities within. They will learn about what is expected of them as well as how the Holy Spirit affects them each day of their life. Other expectations are given at the appropriate grade and explained at the Parent/Child meeting in the fall. All expectations must be fulfilled before the Confirmandi will bemade eligible to receive the sacrament. 8th grade students will research a saint that they choose to model their life after. They will also use this saint as their name taken at Confirmation.