Preparing for the Sacrament of First Eucharist at St. Mary's Cathedral Parish
For children in grade two and above.
Whenever our children prepare to receive a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it reminds us of how important our roles as teachers and role models are in their faith development. We strive to lead them to God and to full and active participation in the Church through our own examples of love, faith, and forgiveness. Fortunately, these are not tasks that we have to accomplish on our own, we have the support and example of our schools and parishes.
Each of the sacraments is a special encounter with Jesus Christ. Children whose faith enables them to distinguish between ordinary bread and the Body of Christ are ready to receive the Eucharist. At the baptism of your child you took on the responsibility of helping your child to know, love and follow Jesus. For First Communion your role as parents continues in the same way as the main teacher of your child, but as catechists we will be working along with you at two parent meetings and a retreat and providing resources for you to use with your child throughout the preparation period. At St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish, First Eucharist is celebrated with the child’s family at his or her usual Mass time and is shared by the congregation of God’s people during Mass. You and your child will choose a Sunday for your child to celebrate First Eucharist.
Fr. Robert Dielissen, Rector and our catechists of St. Mary's Cathedral want to assure you that we will be honoured to work with you and your child on this faith journey.
2020 Sacrament Preparation Program – First Eucharist
Sacrament Preparation classes to be held on Saturdays throughout the year. Parents and their child or children are expected to attend the classes listed below in preparation for the celebration of the sacraments. If for some reason you must miss a session, please contact the parish as we are very willing to assist you in supporting your child’s learning.
DATES TO MARK ON THE FAMILY CALENDAR
Parent Information Session: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:30 to 10:30 am
Session 1 January 11 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 2 February 8 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 3 March 14 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 4 April 4 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Retreat May 2 – 9:30 to 11:30 am
Celebration of First Eucharist: Sundays in May and June
Please stop by the parish office to register. Please bring with you a copy of your child's Baptism certificate and a form of payment. For more information, please contact Allison Charlton, Sacrament Coordinator, at [email protected] or 403-228-4170 (ext. 228).