Registration for the 2022-2023 Sacramental Preparation Program is open August 1 through August 31, 2022. This preparation is for children aged 7 years old through 8th grade.
Submit copies of your child’s Birth Certificate and Baptismal Certificate. These may be scanned and emailed to Jennifer Rush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacrament Preparation program is a separate program from faith formation classes. Enrollment in BOTH programs during Sacramental Preparation is required.
In the Sacrament Preparation Program we respect and support the parent’s first responsibility for the education of their child. Our program provides at-home materials along with in-Church opportunities for growth and knowledge. Families as a whole are welcome and encouraged to participate in the sessions.
Each Family Session is offered twice to better fit your schedule. The content covered is the same – please attend one or the other. Session dates and topics for 2022-23 are as follows:
A printable calendar of the program sessions can be found at ap.church/classschedules.
Sacramental Preparation combines a home-study program with in-person Family Sessions. Our Sacrament Preparation Program uses the St. Joseph First Communion Catechism to help guide us through the fundamentals of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Other materials will be sent periodically that will bring further enrichment to the program. All of our materials are available in English and Spanish upon request.
Children will be assessed on their readiness prior to receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Assessments are an informal interview done in a group setting.
You may use these resources to help your child receive his or her Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Rite describes what is said and done during the Sacrament. The Examination of Conscience provides questions for your child in order to review past thoughts, words and deeds in preparation of receiving the Sacrament.
You may use these resources to help your child receive his or her Sacrament of First Communion. The video demonstrates the “dos” and “don’ts” of receiving Communion.
First Communion Mass signups will become available in January 2023.
Masses for First Holy Communion will only be during Sunday parish Masses instead of standalone Masses on Friday evening or Saturday morning. The celebration of First Holy Communion will be offered at the 5pm Saturday Vigil Mass, and the 9am, 11am, and 1pm Sunday Masses. Enrollment will be limited to 20 first communicants and their families at each Mass.