First Eucharist at St. Gabriel

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, please visit our page on sacraments for older children and teens.

Below, find information on these topics: 

  • Pre-requisites
  • Registration
  • Required Meetings and Workshops
  • Dates of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

For more information, please contact Kristen Rivera at krivera@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
  • Have complete 1st grade religious education and be currently enrolled in 2nd grade religious eductation (in either a Catholic church Faith Formation program or a Catholic school)

Registration 

The completed registration form (for those who meet the pre-requisites above) is due in early September accompanied by:

  • A materials fee of $45/child 
  • The child's baptismal certificate -- even if the child was baptized at St. Gabriel
     

Important notes:

  • St. Gabriel School students will receive registration forms through their school teacher.
  • 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.
  • 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.   (Scroll to the top section of this page for links to the Parent Meeting Information Sheet.)
  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.
     

Dates of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

  • First Reconciliation: A communal penance service will be held in November or January each year
  • First Eucharist for 2nd grade students: Traditionally celebrated on the first Saturday in May

Dates for this year can be found below or in the next column.

 

 

 

 
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