First Reconciliation takes place in Second Grade (or when child has reached the age of 7). Students are prepared and encouraged to receive their First Reconciliation during a Family Reconciliation Prayer Service in November.
- Reconciliation books will be handed out and taught in both Faith Formation and the School. We will be using Dynamic Catholic’s “Blessed” series.
- Rite of Welcome – (Not required but strongly encouraged)
- Family Reconciliation Service – Tuesday, November 27 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
First Holy Communion
Students in Second Grade (or when child has reached the age of 7) are prepared and encouraged to receive their First Holy Communion during a class celebration on May 5. Children, along with a parent(s) must also attend a parent/child retreat in order to better prepare for this sacrament.
- First Holy Communion book will be handed out and taught in Faith Formation and School. We will be using Dynamic Catholic’s “Blessed” series.
- First Holy Communion Family Retreat – Sunday, April 7 9:00 am – 11:45 am
- First Holy Communion Practice – Saturday, May 4 9:30 am
- The Sacrament of First Holy Communion – Sunday, May 5 12:30 pm
Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,” for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1306)
Confirmation is not about deciding to be Catholic. By virtue of one’s baptism, they are already Catholic. Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, completes baptism. Confirmation is more about a person responding to God’s generous outpouring of love and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Youth in their freshman year who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation have certain requirements that Saint Dennis Parish believes will better prepare them for this Sacrament. Note that these are not “hoops” for them to jump through or rules for rules sake. These requirements will give the young people a greater understanding of their Catholic faith and what is really important in their lives. It will teach them good decision-making skills that are vital to surviving in this world and bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. These are listed below:
1. Each student should choose a sponsor. Parents need to take an active role in this process. A sponsor must be a person who has already received the Sacrament of Confirmation and needs to be someone other than the candidate’s parents. A sponsor should be someone who not only practices their Catholic faith, but an individual to whom your child can discuss deep spiritual issues. Each sponsor will receive a manual to assist with this important process. Sponsors are expected to meet with your child two to three times before Confirmation. The meetings should be about an hour and could be accomplished at a quiet coffee shop or during dinner.
2. Students will need to attend a Confirmation retreat at Saint Dennis.
3. Regularly attend and participate in Mass and the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.
4. Carry out 7 hours of service through the authorized list of participating organizations.
5. Meet with their assigned Spiritual Advisor twice before Confirmation. We have scheduled two evening sessions but will certainly accommodate schedule conflicts that you might have.
6. Attend all Faith Formation Classes. Please download Calendar for your reference.
Because students may be Confirmed in their freshmen year, Confirmation preparation begins in middle school. Because of that fact, attendance in our Middle School Faith Formation program is critical. If students are unable to prepare properly for this Sacrament, they can be Confirmed at a later year in high school.
7. Attend the special Parent/Student Meeting.
Families with children who for any reason are beyond the regularly scheduled grade programs for the reception of the sacraments are urged to notify us and plans will be made to help them complete the necessary preparation. Inquiries may be made to Sister Mary Therese Dolan.