Meeting Jesus through the sacramental experience is a precious moment in the life of any child, along with the family. A great effort is made, to provide opportunities that will open the heart of a child to the presence of God in the sacraments. Parents, catechists, and staff work together to plan and execute the settings for these encounters. Sacramental celebrations are held for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation.
Requirements for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation:
The FAMILY has over the years prepared the child by their own joyful participation in weekly Mass.
The child has participated in two years of weekly Religious Education Sessions.
Participation in one Child and Parent Sacramental Retreat for Eucharist and one for Reconciliation.
First Eucharist is celebrated when the child begins to know the difference between ordinary bread and the Body of Christ.
Families whose child will celebrate in a grade other than Grade Two are also welcome to do so. Preparatory sessions are held specifically for such children; they may celebrate at the same solemn celebration as Grade Two or as a family at a specially arranged Sunday celebration.
First Reconciliation can be celebrated when the child begins to understand and experience some moral decision-making. The need for and the joy of Reconciliation is becoming real in their lives
Families whose child will celebrate in a Grade other than Grade Two are also welcome to do so - preparatory sessions are held specifically for such children; they may celebrate at the same solemn celebration as Grade Two or as a family on a Saturday.
For further information, contact Jane Ehrlich, Director of Religious Education.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children
Welcome to the St. Raphael RCIC program!
We are delighted that you have decided to help your child become a full member of the Catholic Church. The RCIC program exists to prepare children for the Catholic Church's three rites of initiation: Baptism, First Eucharist (Communion), and Confirmation. For more information, please read through our frequently asked questions.