First Reconciliation & First Communion for Children
Welcome! This is a very exciting and life-bringing time you are entering into with your child. Not only will your child receive true healing and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation, but will also experience the incredible gift of the Eucharist.
Our First Eucharist program explores the meaning of rituals, symbols, gestures, and prayers to promote active participation. The program is designed to touch the heart as well as the head, engaging children using story, Sacred Scripture, doctrine, and prayer. During the fall sessions we prepare for the great sacrament of healing—Reconciliation—which will take place on April, 2nd, 2019 at our Lent Penance Fair. The winter and spring sessions are spent preparing our little ones to hold the Creator of the universe—who holds the very world in the palm of his hand— in the very palm of their little hands.
Q. What if my child is not baptized?
A: Please contact Terri Hunt, at 507-334-2266 Ext. 1021, to discuss baptismal preparation.
Q: What if my child is not in Second grade?
A: All are welcome to receive the sacraments! If your child is in 3rd grade, he/she may sign up with the second graders. Children in grades 4-8 will need to attend classes on regularly scheduled class nights. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
Q: What if my child was not baptized at Divine Mercy?
A: Not a problem! Those who are not baptized at Divine Mercy simply need to submit a copy of their baptismal certificate. You can contact the parish or community where the baptism took place and ask them to mail a copy with a raised seal to:
DMCC First Communion Program
4 Second Ave SW
Faribault, MN 55021
Those who were baptized at Divine Mercy (or Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart, or St. Lawrence) need only mark on their sacramental register which church and the date of their baptism.
Q: My child attends DMCS; does he/she still need to register with DMCC?
A: Yes, children who attend DMCS still need to register for the program. We encourage DMCS families to prayerfully consider participating in our Wednesday night Faith Formation program as well.
Q: What is the role of the family of the first communicant?
A: The family is at the very heart of preparation for First Holy Communion. We ask that you attend Holy Mass every weekend with your child, commit to attending all of the required sessions, and of course, adhere to the Church law. Frequent confession as a family is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children.
First Communion 2018-2019
First Communion will be on Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th, 2019.