2020-2021 1st Reconciliation & 1st Eucharist Details

This year 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist preparation and celebration will look different as in years past as we are still operating under COVID-19 regulations. We understand that some of you may not feel comfortable or ready to bring your child to the table in the coming months and that’s ok. We can always delay the reception of the Sacraments to Spring 2022. Please read below for a timeline for this year.

September 2020-May 2021 Ongoing Formation: Your child’s participation in OLGC school religion classes or CCF sessions to prepare for the Sacraments and continue their formation in the Catholic Faith.

January 2021 Parent Meetings: Thank you for attending one of the parent meetings!

February 2021-March 2021 1st Reconciliation: Parents will take their children to the Sacrament of Reconciliation at one of our regularly scheduled times (Saturdays at 9 am or Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the Church) during Lent or by making an appointment with one of the priests. Please sign up on the sign up genius below. Parents will check in with Gerard Hall or one of our 7th/8th grade volunteers at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. Don't forget to pick up your 1st Eucharist Banner kit!

March 6, 2021 1st Eucharist Retreat: This retreat will take place at home.  Amy W. de Bernardo will send an email with the retreat activities closer to March 6th. There will be two reflection questions to submit.

April 2021 Final Preparation:  Parents, as the primary educators of the faith, are ultimately the ones to determine if your child is ready for the Sacraments.  Your child should be able to identify the Eucharist as the True Presence of Jesus Christ-Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity and should have a desire to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.  If you ever feel that they are not ready, no problem to delay.

1st Eucharist Rehearsal: We will not be hosting a rehearsal this year. In preparation, please:

  • Attend Sunday Mass at OLGC as much as possible, but at least once (sign up here).
  • Practice receiving in the hands and with a mask at home.
  • Click here to review a video on How to Receive the Eucharist (please note that there will not be the option to receive on the tongue or from the cup).
  • Review the notes on attending Mass at OLGC during the Pandemic here.

1st Eucharist Masses: Click here to sign up for a 1st Eucharist Mass (signup opens on Saturday, February 6th at Noon)

Questions? Contact Amy W. de Bernardo at 703-896-7414 or dre@olgcva.org.

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If you have not completed the Parent Formation or submitted your Child's Baptismal Certificate, please see instructions below.

November 2020- January 2021: Commitment Form, Parent Formation and Baptismal Certificates Due.

1.      Commitment Form.  If it is your intention for your child to prepare for the reception of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist in 2021, please click here to fill out the Commitment Form by December 1st.

2.       Parent Formation.  Your own continued formation in the faith is essential as you journey with your child to the Sacraments.  You brought your child forward for Baptism and gave them the beautiful gift of Baptism and Life in Christ.  You also promised to take the faith for them and raise them in the Catholic Tradition. You, as their parents, are their primary educators in the faith, and hold the wonderful responsibility of guiding them ever closer to Christ. Since we won’t be able to gather as we usually do and provide some in person formation, we are asking at least one parent from each family to complete the following:

a.       Watch the first 3 episodes of Presence and the episode on preparing your child for 1st Holy Communion on formed.org: https://watch.formed.org/presence

b.       Watch the first 3 episodes of Forgiven and the episode on preparing your child for 1st Confession on formed.org: https://watch.formed.org/forgiven

c.       After watching the 8 episodes mentioned above, please answer these 3 short reflection questions no later than Monday, January 25th: Click here.

3.      Formed.org. If you do not already have a formed.org account, please see the instructions at the end of this email on how to create a free account.

4.       Baptismal Certificate. Submit a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate to the School or Parish Administration Building if you have not done so already. If your child was baptized at OLGC, no need to submit a copy.

Instructions to create a free account on Formed.org:

1. Go to formed.org

2. Click on Sign Up

3. Select “Sign Up as A Parishioner”

4. Type in our code: VGXJ7X

5. Select Our Lady of Good Counsel Vienna VA

6. Create a free account.

Questions? Contact Amy W. de Bernardo at 703-896-7414 or dre@olgcva.org.