First Reconciliation in the Catholic Church
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28) (USCCB.org).
2020-2021 Programming for the First Year of Sacramental Preparation (First Reconciliation)
In accordance with the mandate from the Archdiocese of Denver, in 2018-19, MPB transitioned into celebrating the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation. Traditionally this is a two year sacramental preparation program; however, due to COVID-19, our programming for this sacramental cohort will follow an adjusted timeline.
While registration is open now through December 2020 (see details below), this sacramental program will begin in January 2021. As the primary educators of their children, parents, with the support of the pastor and the Faith Formation team, are responsible for preparing their children for the sacraments. In January, parents will attend one of two offered parent meetings to receive the materials and information necessary to help with preparation for First Reconciliation. During the preparation time, parents and students are required to participate in an experiential ritual which breaks open the significance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as it relates to God’s love and mercy in our daily lives. After students have worked through the sacramental workbooks with parents, they will celebrate the Rite of First Reconciliation in late spring/early summer 2021.
Important Dates for the Two Year Sacramental Preparation Program
- Parents attend one of the mandatory parent meetings listed below.
- Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM OR
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM
- Parents and children work at home in the First Reconciliation book.
- Saturday, March 6, 2021:Parents and children attend a Ritual of First Reconciliation in the church from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.
- Spring/Summer 2021: Parents and children celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation in the church.
- September 2021: Parents attend a parent meeting to continue sacramental preparation for Confirmation and First Communion. This meeting will last about an hour and a half.
- November 2021: Parents and children attend the first Ritual of Restored Order in the church.
- February/March 2022: Parents and children attend the second Ritual of Restored Order in the church.
- Spring/Summer 2022: Children will celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion. These dates will be decided by the Archdiocese of Denver.
FAITH and Family Service Sunday Update
For 2020-2021, we have not included FAITH or Family Service Sunday as part of the requirements of sacramental preparation. Since both of these programs typically involve gatherings of 400-600 people, we are unable to safely gather in our traditional way this year. Given the fluid and uncertain nature of Covid-19, we have scaled back these programs for 2020-21 and will not mandate participation in FAITH or Family Service Sunday for the current year.
In place of our traditional FAITH (Faith Alive In the Home) Program, the Faith Formation Team will send out a monthly Faith Formation newsletter via Flocknote. This newsletter will offer ideas for monthly prayer, discussion starters on topics of faith, information on the liturgical year and important feast days for the month, and ideas for serving the community as a family. All families enrolled in sacramental preparation and past FAITH families will receive this Faith Formation newsletter. Please look for the newsletter in your email starting the month of October.
Registration Link and Fee Information
Sacramental preparation is a parish sponsored process. Baptized children whose families are registered members of MPB may register for the two year Sacramental Preparation program for 2020-2022. If your child is not baptized, please reach out to Kristen Kraus (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss how to proceed with the sacramental registration process.
The registration fee for MPB’s two year Sacramental Preparation Program is $100.00. This fee covers the cost of the books you will receive for all three sacraments (First Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Communion), the materials used at all parent meetings and sacramental rituals during the preparation process.
We do not want the cost of the sacramental preparation program to inhibit participation; if you are unable to pay the fee, would like access to scholarship funds, or if you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Kate Rice of the Faith Formation Team (email@example.com).
Registration is now open!
• Standard Registration: September 4-October 16: $100 per child
• Late Registration: October 17-November 17: $110 per child
**Please note that FaithDirect is currently reporting a glitch in their programming that occurs when parishioners log in to their existing account to register for Sacramental Preparation. To avoid delay and error messages during registration, please do not sign in to your account to complete the form and process payment. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will update our information as soon as we know the issue has been repaired.**
Contact the Faith Formation Team
The Faith Formation Team at Most Precious Blood is comprised of Kristen Kraus and Kate Rice. We are excited to journey with your family this year as your child prepares for and celebrates his/her sacraments!
If you have questions regarding sacramental preparation, please contact Kristen Kraus: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Kate Rice: email@example.com.