First Communion/Reconciliation

First Reconciliation/First Communion preparation takes place in first and second grades. Children who attend public school must register for PSR where they receive classroom instruction.  Children who attend Holy Family School receive classroom instruction in their religion classes. 

In addition to classroom instruction, children in second grade attend two Saturday retreats. Parents of second graders attend two retreats and assist their child with home study books.

Registration is required for all second grade students, both PSR and HFS.  You can register and pay the program fee of $45 online or complete the registration form, the Emergency Health Form, and the Parental Consent Form and return these to the rectory with your check made payable to Holy Family Parish by September 1. A copy of your child's baptismal form is also required if s/he was not baptized at Holy Family.

PLEASE NOTE: Children ages 7 or older who are not baptized, or who were baptized in another faith tradition, will participate in a separate program – RCIA for Children. Contact Diane Hurtuk, Director of Religious Education at hurtuk@holyfamilystow.org  or (330) 688-6412, x273 for details. Do not register for the program described below.

 

 
 

 2016-17 First Reconciliation/First Communion Program Information
 

As part of the preparation for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, this year’s program combines both classroom preparation for children and meeting times for parents. Please mark your calendar with these important dates. Download a copy of "First Reconciliation/First Communion Program Information: Important Dates & Additional Info for Parents."

 

 Important Dates

Parents are invited for coffee and donuts on Sunday, September 18th, 10:50-11:20 in the FSPC.  We will give parents a brief overview of the year ahead.  Child care will be provided for children ages 3-12.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • Parents’ Retreat (parent only): Saturday, October 8, 9:30-11:30am OR Sunday, October 9, 10:45am-12:45pm in FSPC. Please plan to attend. No registration required – attend either one.
  • Reconciliation Retreat (children only): Saturday, November 12 in the FSPC 9-11am OR 12-2pm. Choose one-limit 45 per session. Registration through Sign up Genius. Watch your email for information about the date and time for sign up.
  • The sacrament of Reconciliation: Thursday, December 1, 7:00p.m. OR Saturday, December 3, 10:00a.m. (Families attend together)

 Preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist:

  • Parents’ Retreat (parents only): Saturday, January 21, 9:30-11:30am in the FSPC OR Sunday, January 22, 10:45am-12:45pm in the FSPC. Please plan to attend. No registration required – attend either one.
  • Jesus Day Retreat (children only): Saturday, April 8 in the FSPC 9-11am or 12-2pm. Choose one-limit 45 per session. Registration through Sign up Genius. Watch your email for information about the date and time for sign up.
  • Group First Communion: Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am Rehearsal: Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Individual First Communions: At 5pm mass on the following Saturdays: April 22, April 29, May 6 - OR - At 9:30am or 11:30am mass on the following Sundays: April 23, April 30, May 7
Additional Info for Parents

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ATTENDING HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL

  • Child attends religion classes in school and Saturday retreats to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
  • Parents must attend retreats facilitated by Fr. Rosing and Ted Rusinoff. These are designed to increase parents’ knowledge of the sacraments and develop skills that will help parents teach their children. Details about each sacrament will be discussed and home study books will be distributed at the Parent Retreats.
  • Complete the Sacramental Preparation Registration Form, the Emergency Health Form, and the Participation Consent Form and return with fee by August 10.* You may also register and pay online at www.holyfamilystow.org
  • Send us a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate (if child was not baptized at Holy Family).
  • Children ages 7 or older who are not baptized, or who were baptized in another faith tradition will participate in a separate program – RCIA for children. Contact Diane Hurtuk for details.

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ATTENDING PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Child attends religion classes at PSR and Saturday retreats to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
  • Parents must attend retreats facilitated by Fr. Rosing and Ted Rusinoff. These are designed to increase parents’ knowledge of the sacraments and develop skills that will help parents teach their children. Details about the sacrament will be discussed and the children’s home study books will be distributed at the Parent Retreats.
  • Complete the PSR portion of the Religious Education Registration Form, the Sacramental Preparation Registration Form, the Emergency Health Form, and the Participation Consent Form and return with fee by August 10.* You may also register and pay online at www.holyfamilystow.org
  • Send us a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate (if child was not baptized at Holy Family).
  • Children ages 7 or older who are not baptized, or who were baptized in another faith tradition will participate in a separate program – RCIA for children. Contact Diane Hurtuk for details.

 

ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGH EMAIL. Give us an email address that you have access to outside of work hours and be sure to contact us if your email address changes during the year. All registrations take place online through Sign Up Genius – and they send notifications through email, so make sure it’s not blocked.

FEES MAY BE PAID IN ONE CHECK made payable to Holy Family Parish and returned to the rectory office. You may also register and pay online with a credit card.

Please Note: If you have any questions or financial concerns, contact Diane Hurtuk at 330-688-6412 ext. 273. No one will be excluded because of financial difficulties. We are ONE HOLY FAMILY!