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Solemn Communion Class

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program offers  a Solemn Communion class for children in grades 1 and above in alternate years, typically durning Lent.   Children are invited after a period of discernment as to maturity and readiness to explore and deepen their understanding of a sacrament which many of our children have received from an early age.  This  is a time for the children to enjoy and gain an appreciation of the beauty and mystery of the gift of the Holy Eucharist.  A special retreat day is held  for the renewal of Baptism vows and the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) in a holistic age appropriate way.  The meditations and retreats take place outside of the regular Sunday atrium sessions.  

2016 Solemn Communion Class

Meditations will be held on five consecutive weeks following the 10:30 a.m. service for  approximately two hours: Sunday, February 7, 2016 through Sunday, March 6, 2016 fom 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The celebration of their Solemn First Communion will be on Sunday, April 3, 2016.  A reception for family, and friends will follow.  Lunch will be provided   Two retreat days will be held Saturday, March 13, 2016 and Saturday, April 2, 2016  culminating in a special liturgy prepared by the children.  Each retreat will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

Informational Parents Meeting

A parents meeting will be held Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. prior to the 10:00 a.m. service and annual meeting. Come to hear more about the program, its expectations and how you can help. Coffee and bagels will be provided.  Participants must attend all sessions.  Enrollees will be presented to the parish following the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, February 7.

How can you help?

We are seeking adult and teen volunteers to assist with crafts: calligraphy, sewing, hand needlework, and weekly lunch setup. Children and teen alumni who have attended in the past are invited to participate as helpers.

Register your child and volunteer

To register your child, please complete form here.