Experience has made me realize in my twenty-five years of serving souls the all-powerful virtue of this Divine Sacrament, to strengthen hearts in good, exempt them from evil, console them, and in a word make them God-like in this world if it be requented with faith, purity, and devotion. ~ St. Francis de Sales
Preparing for First Eucharist (Holy Communion)
Depending on the age of your child, and that your child has been a regular participant in a formal faith formation/religious education program, preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at OLGC takes place in one of two ways. NOTE: If your child is 7-18 years old and has not regularly participated in a formal faith formation/religious education program, see the information on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for Children.
- For Children in Grade 2 (Elementary CCF or OLGC School)
- For Children/Youth in Grades 3-8 (Eucharist Prep for older children)
At OLGC Parish, preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (Communion) ordinarily takes place in Grades 1 and 2 through the Elementary CCF program. (NOTE: Students enrolled in OLGC School are prepared in Grade 2 during school hours and receive their sacraments alongside students from OLGC CCF.)
What books are used in Grade 2? Students in the Elementary CCF program are prepared for these sacraments using Call to Celebrate: Reconciliation and Call to Celebrate: Eucharist from Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum (OSV). As determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), these texts have been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church as of April 4, 2011.(In Grade 1, remote catechesis for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist takes place, followed by immediate/proximate catechesis for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in Grade 2.
Children/youth in grades 3-8 who need to be prepared for and receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (Communion) but otherwise have not missed much time in faith formation/religious education are enrolled in the Emmaus Formation Program.
When does Emmaus Formation meet? Two Sundays a month from 10:45 am to 11:45 am.
What books are used for the Emmaus Formation Program? Students are prepared for these sacraments using Call to Celebrate: Reconciliation and Eucharist (Intermediate) from Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum. As determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), this text has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church as of April 4, 2011.
Contact: Amy Winkler, Director of Christian Formation, 703.896.7414