First Sacraments - First Reconciliation & First Eucharist
Youth can begin preparing for these two Sacraments as early as 2nd Grade.
Preparation for First Sacraments is in addition to being a part of our Family Formation program and/or enrolled in Catholic School.
St. Joseph Community utilizes the Saint Mary's Press "Go, Seek, & Find" program as the primary curriculum. The Sacrament of Reconciliation consists of 8 at-home lessons and the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist has 10 at-home lessons. Each youth receives their own Bible, lesson worksheets, and stickers to enhance their learning. Parents are provided a home guide to assist in teaching the lessons at home for these Sacraments.
In addition to the at-home lessons, there are 2 required Saturday Morning learning retreats (1 per Sacrament). At least one parent is required to attend the Saturday Morning retreat with their child. Throughout the morning parents and children will attend separate sessions learning about the Sacrament as well as time together for prayer and reflection.
*For youth enrolled in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, First Reconciliation & First Eucharist preparation is completed in the Spring as a part of a separate retreat and meditation sessions.
Reception of the Sacraments
After preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the fall semester, families can elect to attend the Advent Reconciliation Service (December), the Lenten Reconciliation Service (March), or a Regular Saturday Reconciliation (3:30pm) at the Parish. Families will determine when they feel their child is ready to receive the Sacrament after preparation has been completed. Reception of the Sacrament must occur prior to the child receiving their First Holy Eucharist.
First Holy Eucharist
The parish celebrates First Holy Eucharist weekend during the Easter Season - usually in late April or early May. Families can select between attending a regular Mass that weekend or an extra Mass that is added specifically for First Communion. If the First Eucharist Mass weekend does not work for a family, they can select another weekend and Mass time to receive the Sacrament.
Child or Adult with Special Needs?
Do you have a loved one with special needs looking to receive the Sacraments, but a traditional preparation program would not be ideal? Please connect with us to discuss options. Every person is unique and we want to work with you to help prepare them for the reception of the Sacraments. Contact Kayla.Rooney@stjosephcommunity.org or 651-313-8464 to begin the discussion.
Child Not Baptized?
Do you have a child in 2nd grade (or older) and is not yet Baptized? No worries, youth who are seeking to receive First Sacraments who are not yet Baptized are welcomed into our program called "Right of Christian Initiation for Children" (RCIC). Please contact the Parish Office at 651-423-4402 or Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org for more information.
Adult not Baptized, Confirmed, or received First Sacraments?
Are you an adult looking to prepare for one of these Sacraments? We welcome you with open arms and would be honored to be a part of your Sacramental journey. Please contact the Parish Office at 651-423-4402 or Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org for more information about our "Right of Christian Initiation for Adults" (RCIA) program.