St Bartholomew School St Bartholomew Office of Religious Education

470 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

First Eucharist & First Reconciliation

From Our Director
To Parents of Children Preparing for Penance & First Holy Communion

The sacrament of reconciliation is an important part of our lives as Catholics living together as a community. It is the sacrament of forgiveness and peace. Through reconciliation we are filled with the strength and grace to become the people we are called to be, the People of God.

Preparing children for the sacrament of reconciliation is an important element in their spiritual formation. As parents, you have the awesome responsibility of helping your child form a good conscience; distinguish between right and wrong, good an evil. It is through your efforts that your child establishes a system of values and a code of morality. It is through your lives that they come to understand forgiveness. It is by witnessing your faith in Christ that your child comes to know Jesus.

We are happy to assist you in preparing your child for reconciliation, but your child’s appreciation for the sacrament comes primarily from you. You as parent, are the ones from whom your child learns most of their religious attitudes and values.

As part of the parish preparation, we invite you to begin this journey toward receiving the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion. During this time we hope that it will be an opportunity to grow and deepen your faith. If you have not been faithful, it is a perfect time to renew your commitment and start anew. Family time is important and growing in your faith and Love of God is an invaluable activity to share together.

Upcoming Important Dates
Thursday, February 1, 2018
First Eucharist Preparation: Enrollment Ceremony
Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord-Blessing of the Candles

7:00pm Mass

Students and a parent will attend mass and be blessed and welcomed as our First Communion Class. All are welcome to attend this parish celebration.

Monday, March 12, 2018
First Eucharist Preparation: Mini-Retreat*
7:00pm Mass

Students of Tuesday Religious Education Classes**

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
First Eucharist Preparation: Mini-Retreat*
7:00pm Mass

Students of Saint Bartholomew School**
Students of Thursday Religious Education Classes**

* A brief meeting with collection of collage photo, information sheet and DVD orders and distribution of communion banner materials will follow the Mass in the Parish Hall.

** Should you be unable to attend your assigned date, you may attend either date.

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470 Ryders Lane,
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-257-7722