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.

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.

January 2021 Parent Meetings: We will host a couple of parent meetings via Zoom to check in about the Sacraments and provide important information, such as instructions for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist Mass assignments.  The two options will be Tuesday, January 26th at 7 pm on Zoom and Saturday, January 30th at 2 pm on Zoom. Signupgenius to come.

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 in the Church) or by making an appointment with one of the priests. Parents will need to email Amy W. de Bernardo following the reception of this Sacrament so that I can make a note in our records.  There will be a signupgenius coming so that we can ensure we have enough priests at any given Saturday or Wednesday evening during Lent.

March 6, 2021 1st Eucharist Retreat: Our 1st Eucharist Retreat is scheduled for this date.  Depending on how things look in Spring 2021, it is likely that we will send home the retreat instructions to be done as a family at home rather than coming in person.  Please save this date for either an in-person retreat or a family day of retreat and reflection at home.

April 2021 Final Preparation: The catechists, teachers, and I will be assessing basic knowledge of and basic desire for receiving the Eucharist to ensure readiness for the Sacrament. We may need your help in accomplishing this with an at home assignment. You, 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.

April 24 and May 1, 2021 1st Eucharist Masses: Save the Dates! We have 1st Eucharist Masses scheduled for Saturday, April 24th and Saturday, May 1st at 11 am and 1 pm both of those Saturdays. We will confirm Mass times when we share Mass assignments in January at the parent meetings. More details to come.

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.