Preparation for all sacraments is incorporated into the religion curriculum at the respective grade levels. Parents play an important role in supporting the teachers in preparing their children to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. The parents are invited to attend meetings to learn more about their roles and responsibilities in helping their child prepare for these special occasions.
Students in second grade spend the first half of the year preparing for their first Reconciliation. The focus for the sacrament is on the unconditional love of God and his desire to forgive us when we are truly sorry and ask for His forgiveness. We use many Bible stories to help the children understand the depth of God’s love for each of us.
Students in second grade spend the second half of the school year preparing for their First Communion. They learn about the elements of the liturgy and the sacrifice of the Mass. They receive their First Holy Communion at a special Mass in spring surrounded by their families.
Sacred Heart School’s curriculum for First Reconciliation and First Communion pre is Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist, by Jim Otremba . Jim holds a Master of Divinity from St. John’s University and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. He is the owner of the Center for Family Counseling, Inc. where he provides counseling. He also works as a Catholic coach at: www.CoachingInChrist.com
Jim and his wife Maureen have been married since 1995 and served on the three-year task force for St. Cloud Bishop John Kinney’s pastoral letter, Marriage in Christ: The Sacrament of Faithful, Lifelong Love (1999). Over the last decade, they have presented many workshops and retreats for couples, deacons and their wives, and ministers. They have both been part-time stay-at-home parents since 1999 to their three school-aged children.
For more information, please visit: http://firsteucharistprep.com/about/