Category Archives: First Communion

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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Children discover the Lectionary

Parents play a significant role preparing their child for their first experience of Eucharist. As catechist, one of my roles is to support parents during this time of faith formation. This past Sunday at SCORE class, the energy and enthusiasm of the children during class was liken to a mini-Pentecost experience. Their responses and engagement revealed God’s Spirit gently stirring within their hearts.

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Lenten Practices and preparing children for first communion

This week marked the beginning of Lent. We’re quite familiar with the routine, 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. On Ash Wednesday, our foreheads were signed with the cross, that powdery residue from burnt palms. Lent is one of my favorite liturgical seasons; it’s that time of year when I need to shake off the doldrums of winter. The

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The “big picture” of preparing for the first of many Holy Communions

The whole parish community plays an integral role when preparing our children for their first experience of coming to the Table of the Lord.  It begins when we gather each Sunday to worship and praise our God.  St. Paul eloquently expresses this reality in his letters to the early Christian communities of Rome and Corinth   “The human body has many parts, but the many parts

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