Sacramental Preparation begins in the 2nd grade, at the earliest, at Immaculate Conception. As parents are the first and primary educators of their children, our program here is strongly centered on learning in the home, with materials to be completed at home with the parent(s) and child working together during the preparation period.
2nd grade RE teachers do build their lessons around preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. It is a primary focus of the 2nd grade year; however, parents are required to commit to helping their children learn at home and to be fully prepared to receive the sacraments.
There is a parents' meeting at the beginning of the school year to discuss our program and hand out materials. First Reconciliation comes before First Eucharist; we have a children's Reconciliation Service at the beginning of Advent, or if your child is prepared for this sacrament either before or after this date, you as a parent can bring your child to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation either during our normal Reconciliation time (Saturdays, 9:00 am - 10:30 am) or contact one of our priests for a private appointment.
Once your child has received First Reconciliation, you work with your child at home to prepare for First Eucharist. Once you and your child feel prepared to receive this sacrament (have completed all of the materials and your child has been regularly attending RE and Mass), you contact Fr. Bob, our pastor, to set up a meeting with your child and you parents. After talking with Fr. Bob, you will schedule which Mass you wish your child to receive First Eucharist (at any of our weekend Masses). We must have a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate BEFORE he/she receives First Eucharist.
For children older than 2nd grade through 5th grade, the same requirements pertain to preparation. For Children in 4th grade or above, preparation takes place during Confirmation classes. Adults should contact Deacon Jim Wolfe to register for RCIA.
The requirements for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are:
- to be baptized in a recognized Christian faith;
- to be at least in 2nd grade;
- to have completed one year of Religious Education or its equivalent;
- to be currently enrolled in our Religious Education program;
- to be members of Immaculate Conception Church.
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No child will be registered for Sacramental Preparation without submitting a copy of his/her Baptismal certificate with the registration forms. Baptismal certificates may be scanned and sent with registration, or brought into the parish office. If your child was baptized at a different church and you do not have a certificate, please contact the church where he/she was baptized and request that a copy be sent to Kathleen Donohoe at Immaculate Conception Church, 715 Cabrini Dr., Lafayette, CO 80026, or faxed to the parish office, attn: Kathleen Donohoe at (303) 604-9077.
THE CHURCH TEACHES:
The doctrine of the Holy Eucharist is thus made up of:
- Doctrine about the Eucharistic sacrifice. Holy Mass is a real sacrifice, instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. It represents Christ's sacrifice of the Cross, but in an unbloody manner. Priest and victim are both Christ, who offers himself through the priest. The laity also offers the sacrifice, but does not have the power to transubstantiate. The Eucharistic sacrifice is offered to God in praise, thanksgiving, petition and atonement, for the living and the dead. Saints may also be commemorated in honor and petition. The Church has the responsibility of determining the rites and prayers to be observed. The liturgy as a whole is the public worship by the mystical Body of Christ. In every liturgical activity Christ is present, in a manner that must be properly interpreted.
- Doctrine about the Eucharistic sacrament, sacrificial meal and sacrificial food: The Holy Eucharist is a true sacrament, instituted by Christ. Christ is really present in the Holy Eucharist, even when not being received. It is therefore to be honored and adored. The whole Christ is present in either kind and is received by the communicant. For the wheat bread and grape wine are transubstantiated by the ordained priest into the flesh and blood of Christ so that only the appearance of bread and wine remains.
The sacrament effects union with Christ; it is nourishment for the soul, gives increase in grace and remits venial sin and punishment.