First Reconciliation and First Communion
A child’s remote preparation for sacraments begins by observing his or her parents’/guardians’ behavior and priorities, and by coming to Sunday Mass and experiencing time for prayer and a growing relationship with God. They learn by observing how the significant adults in their lives respond to their own Baptismal call. No classroom or textbook can provide this.
Parish families who wish to have their children continue their initiation into the Catholic Church may enroll their children in Sacrament Preparation. This includes parish children who attend Catholic school. It is expected that every family preparing their children for First Communion attend Mass regularly. At Immaculate Conception, children generally receive immediate preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion in 2nd grade, after having completed two years of formal religious instruction.***
Formal sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion begins generally in 1st grade with parents or guardians attending the Parent/Guardian Sacrament Meeting.
Parents/guardians whose children have not received First Communion in 2nd grade should make an appointment with Janet Natale, Parish Catechetical Leader, who will arrange for their children to prepare for the sacraments through a process modeled after the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) adapted for children.
Parents of children who are preparing to receive First Holy Communion in May of 2017 may complete the online selection form by clicking HERE. This form is available beginning October 25, 2016 through February 1, 2017. When the form is submitted, a confirmation email will be generated in which there will be a link to the parish E-Giving account where the fees may be submitted. (Of course, the fee may be mailed or dropped off at the Catechetical Office.) Places will be filled as forms are completed and fees are submitted. Once the form and fees are processed, parents will receive an email from Ana Dooley, Catechetical Programs Assistant confirming the date and time of each family’s First Holy Communion Mass. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ana Dooley, Catechetical Programs Assistant: 973-744-5650 ext. 119 or Ana.Dooley@MtcImmaculate.org
***Regardless of grade level or years of instruction, families are welcomed and encouraged to contact the parish Catechetical Office to discuss having their children prepare for sacraments.