First Communion and First Reconciliation Program


General Statement:

The Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). Sharing in the Eucharist for the first time involves entry into a new phase in a person’s faith journey in which s/he enters more deeply into relationship with God and the Catholic Christian Community. Initiation into the Catholic Church in this respect, entails taking on more deeply a Catholic identity of discipleship in Christ. In fact, it means embracing more significantly a life lived in imitation of Christ in conjunction with the whole Catholic Christian Community which is the Body of Christ.

Because the staff at SJN fully recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children, we encourage their participation in the educational process and provide a format for parental involvement in the Sacramental Preparation Process. In this regard the First Eucharist Program incorporates a multi-dimensional approach to Sacramental Preparation that includes an emphasis on parent catechesis with a view toward parent - child interactive learning and total family participation