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First Communion

Our First Communion program provides religious education to all children and adolescents in public education which includes: Sacrament Preparation for Reconciliation (Confession) and for their First Eucharist (Communion) in English, Spanish, and Samoan. There is a fee for the religious education classes, however, no student will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Fees may be paid in full at the time of registration, or monthly payments may be made to cover the costs. All materials used in the program comply with the General Directory for Catechesis and provide a comprehensive presentation of doctrine, scripture, morality, prayer and sacraments. Supplementary material such as videos, worksheets, bibles, and music are also used. Classes are held from September throug May. Calendars are available at the beginning of each year.

Sacrament Preparation

  

The Religious Education Sacramental Preparation Program is a two year formation process for baptized children from the 1st grade and up. A student must have the equivalent of at least two consecutive years of formation and discernment to be considered a sacramental candidate. The celebration of both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist will be celebrated in the latter part of the 2nd year. Parent participation is an essential component of the sacramental program. 

Process Includes

  

   * Parent orientation, formation, and information meetings

   * Classroom instruction

   * Prayer

   * Assembly for Reconciliation

   * Celebration of First Eucharist

Family Requirements

  

   * Attend a parent orientation meeting

   * Attend adult formation meetings

   * Attend two parent information meetings

   * Attend child's sacrament celebrations (2)

Registration

  

Registration for the religious education school year is held from May through August 31st. Starting September 1st, students will only be accepted if there is availability and they have not missed too many sessions, also a $10 late fee will be added per family. ​Registration forms are available in the Religious Education Office, Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm (from May - September) or in the Parish Center (during business hours). Registration forms can be submitted to either office.  

Class Sessions for First Communion in English

       Elementary:  Grades 1 - 5    

               * Saturday,   8:30 am - 10:00 am

               * Saturday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

       Middle School:  Grades 6 - 8    

               * Tuesday,   6:15 pm - 7:30 pm - 1st year    

               * Tuesday,   7:00 pm - 8:15 pm - 2nd year

Class Sessions for First Communion in Spanish

       Grades 1 - 8    

               * Saturday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Class Sessions for First Communion in Samoan

       Grades 1 - 12    

               * Sunday,   9:15 am - 10:30 am