At Baptism, parents accept the responsibility of instructing their
children in the practice of the faith, teaching them to keep God’s
commandments as taught by Jesus, and to love God and neighbor.
St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish Office (973) 744-5650
First Reconciliation and First Communion
A child’s remote preparation for sacraments begins by observing his or her parents’/guardians’ behavior and priorities, and by coming to Sunday Mass and experiencing time for prayer and a growing relationship with God. Children learn by observing how the significant adults in their lives respond to their own Baptismal call. No classroom or textbook can provide this.
Parish families who wish to have their children continue their initiation into the Catholic Church may enroll their children in Sacrament Preparation. This includes parish children who attend Catholic school. It is expected that every family preparing their children for First Communion attend Sunday Mass regularly.
At Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, children generally receive immediate preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion in 2 nd grade, after having completed two years of formal faith formation instruction.**
Formal sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion begins generally in 1st grade, with the reception of the
Sacrament of Reconciliation in the winter of 2nd grade, and the reception of First Holy Communion in the spring of 2nd grade.
Parents and children, together and separately, will attend catechetical sessions to prepare for these two sacraments. Parents/guardians whose older children have not received First Communion in 2nd grade should make an appointment with the Family Faith Office to arrange for their children to prepare for the sacraments through a process modeled after the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) adapted for children.
**Regardless of grade level or years of instruction, families are welcomed and encouraged to contact the parish Faith Formation Office to discuss having their children prepare for sacraments.
It is the expectation of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish that each young person wishing to be confirmed has received ongoing faith formation instruction in grades 1 – 8 in a parish Faith Formation Program or Catholic School. It is also expected that the young person attends Sunday Mass each week.**
Parish families whose children desire to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church may enroll their children for Sacrament Preparation for Confirmation prior to 8th grade. This includes parish children who attend Catholic schools.
Parents who wish for their children to prepare for Confirmation should attend the Confirmation Inquiry Meeting at the end of 7th grade. At this meeting, the sacrament preparation process for Confirmation will be discussed.
** Regardless of grade level or years of instruction, families are welcomed and encouraged to contact the parish Faith Formation Office
to discuss having their children prepare for sacraments
Confirmation Registration 2019 – 2020
Through August 31, 2019: $300
As of September 1, 2019: $350
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