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Children's Faith Formation


2021-2022 FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION FORM

FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS AND PROGRAMS


 

FAITH FORMATION UPDATES

We are currently partnering with Holy Disciples for all levels of our Faith Formation Program. 

Gail Lavelle, member of the Parish Staff, is coordinating the K-5 Faith Formation programs, including the First Communion Preparation Classes.

Amanda Woyak, our full-time Youth Minister, is coordinating the Junior and Senior High School programs, including the Confirmation Preparation Program for Youth.   

PREPARATION CLASSES FOR RECONCILIATION AND COMMUNION

BACKGROUND

The Catechetical Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle mention three separate time periods within which education and preparation for the child’s First Communion take place:

Remote preparation includes the years between the child’s baptism and the time of reception of the Eucharist for the first time. This period supports parents in their “role as primary educators of their children,” a role which they accepted at the child’s baptism when the priest told them “you must make it your constant care to bring your child up in the practice of the faith.”  This remote preparation includes regular participation in the weekly celebration of Mass in the parish and family prayers at home (especially prayers before meals and bedtime).

Proximate preparation includes the formal catechesis which is presented in the Faith Formation program of the parish and “begins in the First Grade or the year prior to the celebration of First Communion.” Additionally, in the Archdiocese of Seattle, children are to be prepared for First Reconciliation, and are to be offered the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving First Eucharist.  Preparation for First Reconciliation normally takes place during the first months of the Second Grade Sacramental Prep Program.

Immediate preparation for First Communion follows the preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and “should include at least four to six sessions of catechetical formation directed toward the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”

THE SACRAMENTAL PREP PROGRAM  - A BRIEF REVIEW

Students who wish to celebrate their First Communion this coming Spring must enroll in the Sacramental Preparation Class this Fall which will help them be prepared to celebrate First Reconciliation in January 2022 and First Communion in May 2022. Children who did not participate in 2020-2021 classes (either at OLGC or in another parish) will not be eligible to enroll in this 2021-2022 First Communion Class. Instead, they should register in the grade-level class that is appropriate for their age and abilities.

Parents are reminded that any child wishing to receive First Eucharist is expected to attend the weekend Mass regularly with at least one Catholic parent or guardian. 

 

 

 

Baptism Prep Class

To learn more about Baptism Preparation  click here

 

First Communion

To learn more about the Preparation Program for First Communion click here.