In order to have proximate preparation for First Penance and First Eucharist, the child must have reached the age of conscious discretion, (the freedom and knowledge to commit sin). Please register your child for these first sacraments if you intend them to receive them at Christ the King - even if they attend Catholic school. CTK offers weekly preparation for First Penance and Eucharist at the Parish Center on Wednesdays during the school year.
A baptismal certificate is required for these first sacraments. Please be sure to submit those to the Religious Education office in the Parish Center. A $20 registration fee is required for those children who are preparing in Catholic schools.
All children attending public schools or those who are in home study are expected to be participating in religious education at CTK for these sacraments.
The practice and interviews for First Penance will be on December 5th. All children who are planning to receive the sacraments must come to the practice - including those in Catholic schools. More information about the practice will be sent out via E-mail as the date approaches.
On February 27th, there will be the interviews for First Eucharist. Again, they are all expected to attend and meet in the Sanctuary. On March 30th, there will be another practice for First Eucharist in the morning. First Eucharist is on March 31st (Easter Sunday) at the 11:30 AM Mass.
First Penance & Eucharist classes will include:
- Several visits to the Blessed Sacrament
- Who is Jesus
- The great love that Christ has for all of us and for the world
- The reality of sin (everyone has a "sin problem") and the great gifts He has given us to take care of that problem
- A sense of the Church and especially the priest "in the person of Christ"
- The "Real Presence" of Jesus in the Eucharist
- Frequent quiet prayer in the classroom
- The Mass
- All things "sacred"
- A tour to the sacristy
- Visits to the class by our Pastor, Fr. Ed Fride
The children will practice reverence in everything regarding God: the Sign of the Cross, genuflection toward the tabernacle, how to treat God's Holy Word, the dignity of all people, God's name, parents, and God's house. There will be musicians coming to teach and sing with the children very frequently. Of course, there will be art projects; the Incarnation will be addressed frequently; and Lent will be the most proximate preparation for the Eucharist, which will be on Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2013. A sense of our parish, Christ the King, will be a primary experience for our candidates for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.