Children are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confession for the first time when they are in their second year of sacramental preparation and are at least seven years of age. They will receive the Sacrament of Confession a few months before they receive First Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion
"Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life". John 6:54
First Holy Communion is celebrated when children are at least seven years of age and are in the second grade. According to diocesan policy, children must attend religious education for two consecutive academic years before celebrating this Sacrament. If parents would like for their children to make their First Holy Communion in the second grade, students must be enrolled in Faith Formation classes in the first grade.
Students who attend Catholic school are prepared for their first Confession and Communion in their religious class at school.
Traditional Classroom Religious Education
Children come to class once a week starting in September and ending May. Class schedule depends on grade and age. Please see the parent booklet below for a complete listing of dates and times for various ages.
Family Religious Education Option
Students have the option of having their parents their children faith formation at home with the support of the parish. Parents receive books, resources and weekly assignments. Families come to a session at the parish once a month. At this session, children are assessed to make sure they are on track and parents receive support to continue teaching in the home. This family option can also be used for sacramental preparation. Children preparing to receive Sacraments must be enrolled two consecutive years in this program before celebrating Sacraments at the parish.
The parent booklet contains calendar and parent information about our programs.
Parent Faith Formation Opportunities
St. Monica is committed to supporting parents in their primary task of being the first heralds of the Gospel in the family. To help in this mission of building the domestic Church. St. Monica provides faith formation opportunities throughout the year. During Sacramental years, parents are expected to attend two faith formation opportunities in the fall and two in the spring.
Here is a link to the most current schedule: Faith Formation Opportunities