The Mystery of our Faith: We become what we believe. . .

First Communion preparation extends beyond the actual day of First Communion. Yes, it is important that children know what to do and to expect.  Faith formation during this time speaks to cultivating a sense of wonder, as well as encouraging our children  to actively participate at Sunday Mass.  At SCORE, the children continued to learn about, and discuss the many

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Preparing for First Communion: Do Try this at Home!

At St. Nicholas Religious Education (SCORE) in Evanston preparation for first Communion draws together parents, catechists, and the entire parish community.   Earlier this month we celebrated First Reconciliation. To accompany parents and children throughout this sacramental process has been for me, a profound experience of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Parents so faithfully and lovingly prepared their child for his/her first

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First Reconciliation – a Sacrament for Parents

Making connections: Parents and the Sacrament of Reconciliation – Throughout this time of sacramental preparation,  I am becoming more and more convinced that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is about parenting, and providing parents with the support and encouragement needed  to raise loving and faith-filled children. The graces of the sacrament Reconciliation affirms the role of parenting. The Church accompanies parents

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Advent & Sacramental Preparation

The Time is Now!   First Sunday of Advent – the Gospel reading speaks with great urgency – Be prepared! Beware! Keep Alert! Stay Awake!  For you do not know when the Master of the house will come. [Mark 13] What is it that you’re waiting for? Preparing for?   For me, the Advent Season reminds me to center, to be

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