Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist is a two-year process:
* Year 1: Children are to be in Religious Education classes or a Catholic school for a minimum of one year prior to the preparation for sacramental celebration.
* Year 2: Using the second grade curriculum, catechists prepare students to celebrate sacraments by sharing Scripture, prayer, and Church teachings.
1. Parent must be registered in the parish.
2. A copy of the child's Baptismal Certificate must be submitted with the registration form.
3. Child must be enrolled in a Religious Education Program or Catholic school for two years.
Post-Second Grade Preparation:
Holy Trinity prepares second graders for the celebration of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. If your child is past second grade and you would like them to recieved these sacraments, please contact Judith Brusseau, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation and Religious Education (202-903-2807). We will tailor the preparation process to older children by working with the child's parents and catechists to prepare them for the sacrament. An older child text will be provided for children in fourth grade and older.
At Home Preparation
Parents work at home with their children using sacramental texts (provided) to reinforce the classroom experience. The combination of family experience, Scripture, Church teaching and prayer helps prepare the child for sacramental celebration.
In support of parents in their role as the primary teachers, two parent meetings are offered during both the Reconciliation and Eucharist preparation period. These meetings are intended to offer insight into the curriculum, as it is shared in the classroom and in the book to be used at home. Parents are invited and strongly urged to attend these meetings, as they offer current theological reflection on the sacrament and helpful information and insight for the preparation of their child.
First Eucharist Workshop
Prior to the celebration of First Eucharist, the child and parent are asked to participate in a half day First Eucharist Workshop. The 2011 date for this workshop is Saturday, April 9th.
Family, school and parish each participate in a special way in the religious formation of the child.
* Family: Parents are primary teachers and role models. Extended family and friends are also role models.
* School/Religious Education Program: The Catechists share the Church’s teachings and traditions, and also serve as role models.
* Parish: As a faith community, the parish serves as witness to and supports the child and family. Parishioners pray for the families, children and catechists throughout the process.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in the fall, prior to First Eucharist. There are two Reconciliation services offered - one in late November, and one in early December.
The Sacrament of Eucharist is celebrated in the spring, following First Reconciliation. There are multiple opportunities to celebrate First Eucharist in May.
Judith Brusseau, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation and Religious Education (202-903-2807).