Community Service hours, totaling 20 for both Years 1 and 2, are the responsibility of the teen. Teens are offered the opportunity for hours through altar service, choir service, and church events. They must keep track of the hours on paperwork provided, and have it properly authorized. All teens must have 20 hours of service completed prior to Confirmation.
Retreat: The Bishop requires every teen to attend a special confirmation retreat. There will be a weekend, spend-the-night retreat during the late winter at a LifeTeen Retreat Center. Details are given to parents in late Fall. All teens being confirmed that year MUST attend the retreat.
Confirmation Rehearsal: A rehearsal for the Mass will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 pm in the church. Parents and godparents are welcome to attend. If godparents are living too far away to participate, parents may stand in as sponsor.
Confirmation Mass: Our Mass will be Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 am. All teens must be in the parish hall with either parents or sponsors by 9:00 am. The Bishop will speak with the teens prior to the Mass. All other family members must take their places in the church after bringing their teen to the parish hall.
Photography: There is no flash photography during the Mass. When your teen comes forward to be anointed, you may stand in the side aisle for a quick photo, then take your seat. There will also be a group picture after Mass. It is important to have respect and reverence for the Presence of the Holy Eucharist at Mass.
Reception: There is a cake and punch reception immediately following the Mass. Also, teens can pick up their confirmation certificates at this time.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION EVENTS
First Eucharist/First Reconciliation Retreat
This retreat is only for Grades 2 – 5. The First Holy Communion Retreat will be on Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 12:30 pm. We will meet in the parish hall first, then go to the school. Each child receiving the sacrament must bring at least one parent or
godparent to the retreat. We are sorry, but we ask that only the student and parents or godparents attend; we don’t have enough space for brothers and sisters.
First Reconciliation: All children must receive Reconciliation (confession) before they receive First Holy Communion. Parents will choose a time for their child’s confession. Be prepared. Your child should know the Act of Contrition prayer. Please bring your child’s name card with you and give it to Father Fabio at the time of Reconciliation.
Rehearsal for First Holy Communion – Rehearsal will be Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm in the church. Please bring a godparent(s) if possible; your parents are welcome to come, too. All candidates MUST attend.
First Holy Communion Mass – We will have 2 First Communion Masses in 2019. Parents may choose either the English or Spanish language Mass. The English Mass will be the Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 27 at 5:00 pm. The Spanish Mass will be at 12:30 pm on Sunday, April 28.
Boys: Please wear dark pants and white dress shirt and tie. Please tuck your dress shirt into your pants, and wear a belt. You can wear a suit, either in dark color or in white, if you choose. You can wear a sport coat with your dark pants, if you like. Please, no khakis, shorts, jeans, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
Please wear a white dress typical for First Holy Communion. You can also wear a First Communion veil to go with your dress. Older girls do not have to wear a veil, but can also choose to wear white ribbons, bows or flowers. Please wear dress shoes. For older girls, all dresses must have sleeves to cover the shoulders. If your dress has bare shoulders, you MUST wear a shrug, sweater or shawl to cover your shoulders during Mass. All jewelry and makeup must be modest. Please, no flip-flops, tennis shoes or extra-high heels.
Each candidate must have a candle, which will be used in the Mass. You are welcome to use your baptismal candle, or you can purchase a special First Holy Communion candle. All candles must be white. Some families purchase a plain white candle, and pin flowers and ribbons into it.
First Holy Communion is an exciting day for everyone! We ask that you maintain respect for the Mass by not using flash photography, and not crowding the side aisles near the altar for filming during Mass. There will be group photos at the altar afterward. You are welcome to bring your own camera for pictures.
There will be cake and punch served in the parish hall after the Confirmation Mass. Candidates may pick up their certificates at this time. If you have a special gift for a candidate, it can be placed on the table in the parish hall, and Father Fabio will bless it.