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- Charlottesville Catholic School (CCS): Sacrament preparation information
Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Sundays from 10:15-11:15 am (English language), 12:15-1:15pm (Spanish language)
Kindergarten class begins to formalize their religious education experience in the classroom and grade 1 builds the foundation for a child’s preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist the following year. A child’s participation in Sunday Liturgy becomes increasingly important at this age.
Parents should help children learn basic prayers, develop an appreciation for the Sunday Liturgy, and foster a desire to prepare for and receive Reconciliation and Eucharist in 2nd Grade.
Second Grade: Sundays from 10:15-11:15 am,
12:15-1:15 pm (Spanish language)
The entire year is focused on religious education of varying themes. Children enrolled will benefit from instruction, even if choosing not to celebrate the sacraments of 1st Eucharist or 1st Penance. For many children, however, they have reached the age of reason and are ready to prepare to receive the sacraments of 1st Eucharist and 1st Reconciliation. Children receiving the sacrament of Baptism, are also welcomed to join class, to prepare, with adapted curriculum and readiness activities.
During the first half of the year, children will have opportunity to concentrate on preparing for 1st Reconciliation. A communal reconciliation service for the children is offered in January. During the second half of the year, children prepare for 1st Eucharist, which is celebrated in May.
“Since the family is intimately involved with the formation of a child’s moral conscience and ordinarily integrates the child into the wider ecclesial communities, parents should be involved in the preparation of their children for this sacrament (Penance), so that they can affirm and reinforce frequent participation in the sacraments. They orient the child toward God and encourage continual growth in the understanding of God’s mercy and love” 28 National Directory for Catechesis, no 36, B, 2,p.135
“Children’s preparation for first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home. The family has the most important role in communicating the Christian and human values that form the foundation for a child’s understanding of the Eucharist. Children who participate with their family in the Mass experience the Eucharistic mystery in an initial way and gradually learn to join with the liturgical assembly in prayer”22 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Directory for Catechesis (2005), no 36, A, 3a, p.126
Grades 3-5: Sundays from 10:15-11:15 am
12:15-1:15 pm (Spanish language)
Children continue to learn about our Catholic faith and how God calls each of us to live out that faith daily in our lives. Parents continue to support the faith development of their children in the home and ensure that what is taught in the Sunday classroom is lived during the week. Mass attendance is crucial in building childrens’ relationship with Christ. Preparation is provided for children receiving the sacraments of 1st Eucharist & 1st Reconciliation and/or Baptism.