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1st Reconciliation and Communion Registration

 

Information updated as of November 29, 2021

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If you have a child in Gr. 2 or Gr. 3 who needs to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion, please read the following information thoroughly for important details.

1st Reconciliation and Communion at OLPH in Pandemic

 BEFORE REGISTERING YOUR CHILD, READ THE FOLLOWING THOROUGHLY:

 Status of Sacramental Preparation at OLPH: Due to restrictions faced during pandemic, cancellations of our sacramental celebrations and the consequent gap between the children’s preparation and reception of the sacraments, OLPH parish has not held 1st Reconciliation and Communion sacramental preparation for the Gr. 2 children in the 2020-2021 year. Since it appears more likely that children will be able to receive the sacrament immediately following their preparation this year, we have resumed the sacramental preparation and celebrations of Reconciliation and Communion.

Double Batch Year: We have had two registration periods this year. The first period consisted of children who were in Gr. 2 in the 2020-2021 year (and are now in Gr. 3) and the second period consists of children currently in Gr. 2 (2021-2022). Children in the first batch registered in September 2021 and prepared to receive the sacraments between October and December 2021. Children in the second batch start registration now and then have their preparation from January to March 2022.

Sacramental Preparation: Preparation will take place in-person, with children distanced and wearing masks in the parish hall. Preparation will also include a mandatory at-home component that children complete with their parents prior to each session. This is the reference to “pre-class homework” that you will see on the list of dates.

Due to distancing requirements, the hall may only accommodate a set number of children. For this reason, each batch consists of two groups: one group will prepare on select Tuesday evenings and another group on select Wednesday evenings; each session is from 7-8:15 p.m. As the pandemic program is expedited and does not consist of many classes (i.e. 4 sessions for Reconciliation and 4 sessions for Communion only), children will need to commit to the entirety of the time period and need to attend all the sessions. Due to the compressed nature of the program this year, there will be no additional separate supplementary sessions for just the non-Catholic school children, as has been in past years.

IMPORTANT: If you know your child is unable to commit to every sacramental preparation class this year, do not register your child into the program. Children may register when they will have the time to complete the program; this is to ensure that they are sufficiently prepared to receive the sacraments as each session builds on the other. Should you be uncomfortable with sending your child to the in-person preparation this year, you may defer 1st Reconciliation/Communion to another year when you are ready.

Selection of Preparation Days: Parents who register their child will receive a Doodle Poll link (a tool used to manage the date selections) directly to their e-mail after the registration deadline. Parents may ONLY select ONE of the two evenings. Once parents have made their selection on the link, Doodle Poll will automatically assign that day to your child on a first-come, first-served basis. To be fair to all registrants, we will not be pre-registering any children to a given weeknight; please make sure to sign up to the weeknight that works for you, immediately after receiving the link. Again, this link will be sent after the registration deadline period, so do make sure to submit your child’s application to the church before or by the registration deadline.

Sacramental Celebrations & Strict Guest List: Due to the limit on space with distancing requirements, there will be a strict guest list on the dates that children are to receive their 1st Reconciliation and Communion:

  • The celebration of 1st Reconciliation, which precedes 1st Communion, will consist of two dates. Only ONE PARENT may accompany the child on the Reconciliation date.
  • The celebration of 1st Communion will consist of 3 dates. Each child will have only 1 pew assigned to the family; as such, only the child receiving Communion and the immediate family living in the household (including parents and siblings) may be in attendance and no other guests.

Another Doodlepoll link will be sent after the children have received their 1st Reconciliation; at that time, parents may select one of the three advertised 1st Communion celebration dates; these will again be on a first-come, first-served basis so it is a good idea to have a first and second choice in mind when you are planning out dates.

Parent Information Document: Pre-pandemic, an additional information meeting would have been held for parents whose children have registered. At this time, no parent information meeting will be held, but registered families will be sent a document with information on what to expect, how to use the workbooks, frequently asked questions etc. This will be e-mailed to registered parents after the deadline.

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 Sacramental Application & Next Steps:

Cohort 1: If your child was in Gr. 2 in the 2020-2021 year and

  • Attends OLPH school, application packages were delivered from the parish to go home with your children on Monday, September 13, 2021. Please drop off completed applications in the rectory mailbox (located to the right of the church on 78 Clifton Rd.).

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  • Attends a non-Catholic public or private school, applications will be made available at the main entrance of the church (vestibule area) starting Monday, September 13, 2021. The church is open for prayer, Monday to Friday, 9-3 p.m. Please come into the church and pick up an application during these hours. Please drop off completed applications in the rectory mailbox (located to the right of the church on 78 Clifton Rd.)

***The registration deadline for the first cohort is Wednesday, September 22, 2021.***

*****THE REGISTRATION FOR COHORT 1 HAS PASSED*****

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 Cohort 2: If your child is now in Gr. 2 in the current 2021-2022 year and

  • Attends OLPH school, application packages will be delivered from the parish to go home with your children during the week of Monday, November 29, 2021. Please drop off applications in the rectory mailbox (located to the right of the church on 78 Clifton Road).

OR

  • Attends a non-Catholic public or private school, applications will be made available at the main entrance of the church (vestibule area) during the week of Monday, November 29, 2021. The church is open for prayer, Mon to Friday, 9-1 p.m. Please come into the church proper during those hours OR buzz the parish rectory office (located to the right of the church on Clifton Road) to pick up an application on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office is presently closed to the public, but the parish secretary will be able to give you an application at those times.

 IMPORTANT: ***The registration deadline for the second cohort is Friday, December 10, 2021. ***

When you receive the application, you will be asked for a copy of your child’s Catholic Baptism certificate. Your child won’t be able to receive the sacraments without this document. After the registration deadline, registered children will also receive a package containing a workbook (for the at-home parent-child activities which form a necessary part of the program). This is because some at-home components need to be completed prior to the start of the parish preparation. For those who attend OLPH school and whose applications we have received by the deadline, the parish will deliver workbooks to go home through the school. Those attending the nearby non-Catholic schools will receive an e-mail from Alison Endrizzi (Lay Pastoral Associate) with instructions on how to pick up your child’s workbook.