Saturday, April 18, 2015
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.
8:30am - 12:15pm
The Retreat is for the First Communicant and his/her parents only -
please no siblings
8:30 – 9:00am - Registration in Rooms 113/114/115 in courtyard. Pick up Retreat Folder, craft, and t-shirt. Drop off completed Call to Celebrate Eucharist books.
9:00 – 9:40am - Everyone meets in the Church
9:45 - 10:20 - 1st Station
- Children with yellow folder (10:00 Mass) will meet @ Station #1* (Main Church)
- Children with red folder (12:00 Mass) will meet @ Station # 2** (St. Ann Courtyard/Foyer)
10:25 – 11:00 - 2nd Station
- Children with green folder (2:00 Mass) will meet @ Station #3*** (Assembly Room) (parents meet in the Reception Room)
11:05 – 11:40 - 3rd station
11:45 – 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 – Important instructions concerning the expectations of the children and the parents at First Communion Masses will be discussed. This will be a good opportunity for the parents to actually see the area reserved for their child and to learn some of the “mechanics” of what will happen that day (This station is for children and parents)
**Station #2: Courtyard/Foyer - Complete interview sheet with your child while eating snack. This sheet must be turned in at the end of the retreat. Inside classrooms will be available if bad weather (Rooms 101-107, 109, Library). (This station is for children and parents.)
***Station #3: Children-Assembly Room/Parents-Reception Room - Children will be arranged for their First Communion entrance into church. They will also practice their special song. Parents will meet in the Reception Room (with fireplace near Assembly Room) for question-and-answer session.