The Gospel of Luke: From Forgiveness to Feast!
First Communion Preparation for 2021 is entirely remote/digital. Please contact Brian with questions.
- Sessions designed for children in 2nd grade.
- Older or younger children by permission.
- Come with your children, not drop off.
- Register for either Wednesdays or Thursdays.
- Masks required, sessions limited to 30 humans.
- OR families may choose an at-home option.
- ALL families will receive postal mail and digital materials to support you between sessions.
- This program serves elementary age children. Here are links for YOUTH and ADULTS.
What is Different for 2020-2021 & How Will We Do This Safely?
St. Francis Xavier typically has about 50 children from 45 different family groups register for First Communion preparation each year. We currently have 6 children registered for the next cycle and anticipate more registrations.
Our plan for First Communion this year is a combination of: 1) small, approximately monthly, in-person gatherings that include children with at least one parent in attendance; 2) encouraging active family participation, in-person or remotely, in our regular schedule of Masses according to the most current protocols and directive regarding liturgy; 3) provision of appropriate formation content via digital and non-gathered technologies (i.e. pod-casts, recorded and live videos, etc.); 4) for persons unable or unwilling to participate in any kind of in-person gathering, we will be offering an adaptation of the full preparation experience remotely and digitally, including the small, monthly in-person gatherings, by leveraging AV and “Zoom” style technology; 6) postal mail delivery of faith formation content (e.g. “Catholic Update” articles, prayer cards, etc.) to encourage the development of the home church apart from both in-person formation and digital offerings.
In the past year, to provide First Communion for those children and families who had prepared throughout 2019-2020, we developed a pattern of integrating the celebration of First Communion for one or two families at a time at our regular weekend and daily liturgies, providing a live-stream option for families to share with friends and family not present in-person. We anticipate continuing that pattern with children and families who will prepare in 2020-2021 and are not, at this time, planning a large First Communion celebration with all the children and families together as has been the culture of this parish for many years.
In the 2019-2020 cycle, we had completed First Reconciliations for all children before the pandemic related restrictions took effect. So, this year, we will be charting new territory for First Reconciliation. After adequate preparation, we anticipate offering families two choices for First Reconciliation for their child: 1) at a regular Saturday afternoon offering of Reconciliation, following the most current protocols and directive or 2) by individual appointment with a priest, in-person, in a socially distanced manner and following the most current protocols and directive. We do not at this time anticipate having a large, in-person celebration with all the children and families together as has been the culture of this parish for many years.
We believe that approach will hold up in the face of any restrictions short of a stay-at-home order. In the event of a stay-at-home order, most of the primary plan remains in-tact while any and all in-person gatherings are cancelled for the duration of the order.
Per the Bishop’s directives, St. Francis Xavier staff will regularly check with our local schools and health department for guidance. All in-person gatherings will be less than 50 people. As required by local directives, masks will be worn by everyone and consideration will be given to provide for physical distancing whenever possible. Pick up and drop off times will be staggered to avoid large gatherings of people. Classroom/meeting room surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each session in a cooperative effort between parish staff and specific program volunteers. No refreshments will be provided in group meetings, and no in-person formation meetings, classes, or events will be held that exceed 50 people.