Children's Faith Formation and First Reconciliation and Holy Communion

Contact Laura Stapleton - Coordinator of Elementary Christian Formation

Elementary Faith Formation – 2022-2023

(Elementary Faith Formation is for all children, grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade)

Our Elementary Faith Formation program in-person class offerings for the 2022-2023 year are:

Session 1:  Sundays from 12:30 pm-1:45 pm

Session 2:  Wednesdays from 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

In addition, there is a Home Study option available.  Materials, parent guides, and supplemental online resources are provided. Feel free to explore the Pflaum Resources for Families, while you wait for materials to be ready for pick up (mid-to late September.)

 

Elementary Faith Formation 2022-23 Calendar

 

Our Faith Formation Fee is $30 per child.

  • This fee covers the cost of the textbooks and resources used throughout the year. 
  • Payment can be made by credit card at the time of registration or by cash or check on the first day of classes.
  • Please note that these fees can be waived if needed - contact Director of Christian Formation  No child will be denied participation due to financial concerns.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is OPEN.  For questions, contact Laura Stapleton- [email protected].

 

Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is open to all St. Mary's Parish children who are in the 2nd grade or above.  As primary witnesses of the faith to their children, parents participate actively in the preparation of their children for the sacraments.  Our preparation program incorporates "at-church" gatherings for parents and children as well as "at-home" work for parents and children to do together.

The preparation process at St. Mary’s will guide parents in helping their child(ren) understand both what we believe as Catholics and how to live out those beliefs.  The focus of the preparation is not only for the child’s first celebration of these Sacraments but, more importantly, for a lifetime of regular participation in the Sacrament of God’s love and mercy and a lifetime of being nourished at the Table of the Lord.  Sacrament preparation is not only about cognitive learning; it is also a period of spiritual preparation.  All members of the family are privileged to journey with these children as they prepare to celebrate these Sacraments.

A typical year of sacrament preparation includes the following:

  • 2 Parent/Child workshops focused on preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • At-Home Reconciliation textbook to be completed.
  • Celebration of First Reconciliation - late January/early February.
  • 3 Parent/Child workshops focused on preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Communion
  • At-Home Eucharist textbook to be completed.
  • Celebration of First Holy Communion - first weekend in May

2022-2023 PREPARATION CALENDAR* 

*There will be an orientation in December. The date is not yet set. 

First Reconciliation Preparation Schedule: 

Workshop #1 - January 7, 2023 (10:00 am or 1:00 pm)
Workshop #2 - January 21, 2023 (10:00 am or 1:00 pm)
Celebration of First Reconciliation - February 10, 2023 (5:30 pm or 7:00 pm)

First Holy Communion Preparation Schedule

Workshop #1 - February 25, 2023 (10:00 am or 1:00 pm)
Workshop #2 - March 11, 2023 (10:00 am or 1:00 pm)
Workshop #3 - March 25, 2023 (10:00 am or 1:00 pm)
Celebration of First Holy Communion - May 6, 2023 (11:00 am and 5:30 pm), May 7, 2022 (9:00 am and 11:00 am)

All workshops are 2 hours.  *You will be asked to sign up for the workshop your family wants to attend, to help us anticipate the number of participants.

*Dates are subject to change.

The Diocese of Richmond has set the following requirements:

  • All children must prepare for First Reconciliation before preparation for First Holy Communion.
  • All children in the Sacrament Preparation program must also be enrolled in and attending either Faith Formation classes or attending a Catholic School
  • The sacrament preparation program is separate and distinct from Faith Formation classes and Catholic Schools.  Although children learn about the sacraments during the course of their education in these places, the immediate preparation takes place within the parish community where the family attends Mass.

In addition, families must be registered members of St. Mary's Parish.  (If you are not yet registered, but will be in the near future, you may still register for the program. Contact Laura Stapleton directly if this is the case).

Sacrament Preparation Materials Fee: $50 

  • This fee covers the cost of the textbooks and resources used throughout the year. 
  • Payment can be made by credit card at the time of registration or by cash or check on the first day of classes.
  • Please note that these fees can be waived if needed - contact Director of Christian Formation  No child will be denied participation due to financial concerns.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is OPEN.  For questions, please contact Laura Stapleton.

 


Other Children's Ministries:

Click on the program name to visit each page and learn more.

Elementary Faith Formation & First Reconciliation/Holy Communion

Adult Volunteer Opportunities (it takes many people to help run these programs)

Sunday Nursery (page coming soon)

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Vacation Bible School