Saturday, April 8, 2017
The primary goal of the First Communion Retreat is to come to the realization that when we receive Jesus in Communion...GOD is really inside of us...eager to hear what we want to tell Him.
8:15am - 12:00Noon
The Retreat is for the First Communicant and his/her parents only -
please no siblings
8:30 – 9:00am - Registration in Rooms 111 & 112 in courtyard. Pick up Retreat Folder and t-shirt. Drop off completed God's Gift: Eucharist books.
9:00 – 9:40am - Everyone meets in the Church for Prayer Service
9:45 - 10:30 -
- Children with yellow folder (10:00 Mass) will meet @ Station #1 (Main Church)
10:35 – 11:00 - Everyone will gather in Courtyard (or classrooms/hallways if bad weather) for snack and "interview" time
- Children with red folder (12:00 Mass) will meet @ Station #2 (Assembly Room) (parents meet in the Reception Room)
11:05 – 11:50 -
11:50 – 12:15 - Everyone to Assembly Room to turn in interview sheet and to pick up Eucharist books. Visit the Reception Room to practice receiving the host and wine
Station #1: Main Church – Children will practice receiving Jesus, and will go over instructions for the Mass. This is a good opportunity for parents to actually see the area reserved for your child, and serves as a rehearsal for what will happen on First Communion Day. (This station is for children and parents.)
- Children with yellow folder (10:00 Mass) will meet @ Station #2 (Assembly Room) (parents meet in the Reception Room)
- Children with red folder (12:00 Mass) will meet @ Station #1 (Main Church)
Children-Assembly Room - Children will participate in several activities to prepare their hearts to receive Jesus. They will also sing the First Communion Mass songs, and practice getting into their line-up order.
Parents-Reception Room - Parents will meet in the Reception Room (the room with fireplace near the Assembly Room, down the hall from the kitchen) for a question-and-answer sesison.
Snack and Interview time - You may go anywhere in the building or courtyard to enjoy your snack. Water is provided. At this time, please ask your child the interview questions on the interview sheet in your folder. This is your time to discern whether or not your child is ready to receive Jesus in First Communion. Please have your child write his/her name on this sheet, as you will need to turn in the interview sheet at the end of the Retreat.