Sacramental Preparation Programs

FIRST RECONCILIATION and FIRST EUCHARIST (2nd grade)

St. Gabriel’s Sacramental Preparation program is geared toward providing parents—as their children’s primary educators—with tools and information to prepare children for receiving the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Children traditionally celebrate these sacraments during their 2nd grade year. Parents of children who are beyond 2nd grade but who have not prepared for and/or received the sacraments should contact Laura Rice or Trish Stewart to discuss the matter. For more information, contact Laura Rice, Lrice@stgabrielchurch.org or 704.362.5047, ext. 228.

Pre-Requisites
To prepare for and receive First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, the Diocese of Charlotte requires that children:
• Be baptized
• Complete 1st and 2nd grade religious education in either a Catholic church Faith Formation program or a Catholic school

Registration
Registration options are outlined below. A materials fee of $45 is due upon registration for all children.

Through Faith Formation
• All children registered for 2nd grade Faith Formation classes are automatically registered for Sacramental Preparation.
• Parents must provide a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate to the program coordinator – even if the child was baptized at St. Gabriel.

Through Catholic School
• St. Gabriel School Students:
-Second graders will receive registration forms at the start of the school year. To prepare for and receive the sacraments at St. Gabriel Church, these forms must be completed, returned, and accompanied by a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate.
-Parents of 2nd grade St. Gabriel School students who are not registered in the parish but who wish for their child to prepare for and receive sacraments with their class must provide an authorization letter from their home parish’s pastor, in addition to a completed registration form and confirmation of baptism.

• Students of Other Catholic Schools:
-Parents who are registered parishioners of St. Gabriel Catholic Church and whose 2nd grade children attend another Catholic school but want their children to prepare for and receive sacraments at St. Gabriel must obtain, complete and return a registration form, as well. In addition, they should notify the coordinator of the Sacramental Preparation at their children’s school that their child will not participate in that program.

Required Meetings and Workshops
All meeting and workshop dates will be provided well in advance.

First Reconciliation
1. In the fall, parents must attend a meeting to receive materials and information about First Reconciliation.
2. They will complete the materials with their child over the course of the next few months.
3. The parent and child will attend a workshop as part of preparation for the sacrament.

First Eucharist

1. In the spring, parents will attend a meeting to receive materials and information about First Eucharist.
2. They will complete the materials with their child over the course of the next few months.
3. The parent and child will attend a workshop and a rehearsal with their child as part of preparation for the sacrament and First Eucharist Mass.

First Sacrament Dates
First Reconciliation: A communal penance service will be held after the first of the year
First Eucharist for 2nd grade students: Traditionally celebrated on the first Saturday in May

For more information, please contact Laura Rice, Lrice@stgabrielchurch.org or 704-362-5047, ext. 228.