First Reconciliation and First Communion both now happen in grade two. First Reconciliation registration as well as first Communion registration both take place in the fall.
Do you want your child to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion?
Here’s how! Preparing children for a Catholic sacrament is a group effort that involves parents, St. Vital Catholic Parish, your child's School. Everyone has a role!
As a parent, you are the primary teacher of the faith for your child. As you know, the sacraments are celebrated and lived in the parish. Because of this, the preparation for the celebration of the sacraments takes place in the parish. Sacramental preparation registration takes place at the parish, not at the schools. The schools support what takes place in the home and parish and are a place for children to learn about Jesus Christ and develop a relationship with him.
As a parish community we are eager to journey with your family during this very special time.
Pam Anderson, Leader
Youth Core Team
"We Prepare for Reconciliation," By Francoise Darcy-Berube and Jean-Paul Berube Editors: Gwen Costello an Myrtle Power. Published by Novalis.
This will be provided at the parent information night.
"We Share in the Eucharist," By Francoise Darcy-Berube and Jean-Paul Berube. Editors: Gwen Costello and Myrtle Power. Published by Novalis.
This will be provided at the parents information night.
Workbook – Must be done with a parent. Engage child with reading, prayers and provided questions/activities in workbook. Complete workbook for each sacrament prior to receiving the sacrament.
Attend mass – Weekend mass attendance is very important. (CCC# 2180) There are 3-time options on Saturday (5pm) /Sunday (9am and 11am). If it is not possible, neighboring Parishes (Leduc, Millwoods, The Meadows) offer other time options as well.
Registration/Paperwork – Ensure to fill in online registration. Additionally, provide office with copy of baptism certificate (including those baptized at St. Vital) by November 1st. Attend a Parent information night on either October 9th or October 23rd.
Class Attendance – Ensure your child comes to ALL the classes. If your child will miss due to an extraordinary circumstance, contact the parish office ASAP (phone, text or email). Complete work that was missed in the class.
Volunteer for a Class – Your child looks to you as an example of faith. Show your child that you are interested and engaged in their formation. Attend one or more of the classes throughout the year. During the class, help as needed and participate in small group and songs.
Prayers and Encouragement – Important to remember, God is our Father and he loves us very much. We need His Grace! Ask for this free gift of grace and continuously pray for your child, and the team leaders.
Workbook – Must be done with a parent. Help your parents remember to work through the books. Complete workbook for each sacrament prior to receiving the sacrament.
Attend mass – Weekend mass attendance is very important. (CCC# 2180) Encourage your parents to take you every Weekend! You are a part of the Body of Christ and we miss you when you are away!
Class Attendance – Show up on time for all the classes. Leave your workbook at home. Come with a willingness to learn and be open to the Holy Spirit.
Reconciliation (Confession) – Go to confession prior to receiving First Communion – opportunities are available by appointment or 4:15pm – 4:45pm every Saturday.
Prayers and Encouragement – There are many people supporting you on your journey. Be sure to pray for your parents, teachers, team leaders, Fr. Arlan and your fellow classmates.
Please Note - Online Registration is now closed.
Please contact the office to register. 780-929-8541
Welcome to your child's year to prepare to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and first communion! Please read through this page prior to registering your child.
1. As soon as possible you must submit the following:
a. Registration form.
b. A PHOTOCOPY of your child's baptismal certificate.
c. Your registration fee for BOTH sacraments:
1. $70 One Child
2. $90 Two Children
3. $110 Three or more Children
2. Important Dates:
This year your child will be attending two classes and rehearsal/retreat PER sacrament. For each class there are 2 date/time that are options.
Parent Information Night: October 9th at 7pm -OR- October 23rd at 7pm
(At least one parent must be in attendance for one of the evenings, children are welcome)
2019/2020 Catechism Class Schedule:
· Option A – 6:00pm-7:00pm - Wednesday, November 20th
· Option B – 7:00pm – 8:00pm - Wednesday, November 27th
· Option A – 6:00pm-7:00pm - Wednesday, January 8th
· Option B – 7:00pm – 8:00pm - Wednesday, January 22nd
· Option A – 9:00am- 10:30am – Saturday, February 1st New Date - Saturday, January 25th
· Option B – 11:00am – 12:30pm – Saturday, February 1st New Date - Saturday, January 25th
Receiving Reconciliation Day
Wednesday, February 5th - 6:00pm till done
First Communion Classes
· Option A – 6:00pm-7:00pm - Wednesday, March 4th
· Option B – 7:00pm – 8:00pm - Wednesday, March 11th
· Option A – 6:00pm-7:00pm - Wednesday, April 22nd
· Option B – 7:00pm – 8:00pm - Wednesday, April 29th
· Option A – 10:00am – 12:00pm – Saturday, May 9th
· Option B – 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Saturday, May 9th
Receiving First Communion Day
· Option A – Saturday, May 30th at 5:00pm mass
· Option B – Saturday, June 6th at 5:00pm mass
3. Parental Expectations:
Each parent is requested to volunteer over the course of the year. If you are not able to volunteer during the first half of the year (first reconciliation) it is asked that you volunteer during the second half of the year (first communion). At this time we are in need of:
~ Supervision. At each class and the retreat we need parents to help serve snack, manage crowd control, and assist with crafts.
On the registration form you will be asked to indicate which date you are able to volunteer at.
Lastly, you are the primary educator of your child in the sacraments. The parish and the schools are here to assist you in this process. The classes are meant to supplement what you are already doing, and will be doing, in the home. It is up to the parents to work through the work book alongside their child. Let this be a special time for you. Share from your own experiences and stories. Answer their questions and listen to their joys and struggles.
If for any reason your are struggling with the experience of working through the materials or helping to prepare your child for the sacraments, please contact the parish by phone (780-929-8541) about the optional work book classes to assist parents in working through the material with your child.
We are here to help.