Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is normally a two-year process beginning in 1st grade. All 2nd-grade students registered in St. Catherine School or St. Catherine Faith Formation are considered candidates for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Sacramental preparation includes class attendance, weekly mass participation and family engagement in community parish events.
PARENT GATHERINGS AND PARENT/CHILD RETREATS
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) for Children is the sacramental preparation process for children/youth over the age of 7 who have not yet been baptized. It is modeled on the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). In keeping with the current Church practice these children celebrate Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Together with others of the same age children meet each week at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday or Saturday (Spanish) mornings. The initiation process works towards a deeper understanding of our faith and lays the foundation for continual faith formation. Children study the Sunday readings and prepare to celebrate the sacraments. There are monthly sessions held together with parents and sponsors. The RCIA for Children is generally a full calendar year process.