First Reconciliation/Eucharist

Parents of children preparing for Reconciliation and First Eucharist should submit a copy of your child's baptismal certificate to the Office of Religious Education prior to the celebration of First Reconciliation on November 18th. It is very important that we have this document on file. If your child was baptized at St. Paul Parish, we ask that you simply provide the date. Please provide this information by email to jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org or msano@stpaulsofprinceton.org as soon as possible. Please contact the Office of Religious Education with any questions.


November 2 2017

First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18. Children attending Saint Paul School, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart and Family Home Study will attend the 9:30 am celebration. Children attending Sunday PREP, Tuesday PREP, Hispanic PREP, and Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart will celebrate the sacrament at 11:00 am.

*Please note, you will not need to bring a photograph of your child.

The First Reconciliation Retreat is on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. All Children preparing for Reconciliation are expected to attend with one parent. We will begin the day with prayer in the Church, and then children and parents will break into their own sessions. The purpose of the day is to provide children an opportunity to become more comfortable with the sacrament of reconciliation. Parents will have their own opportunity for reflection and conversation on preparing their children for this sacrament.

The Religious Education Program communicates with families through news alerts on our parish website. We encourage all families to register for news alerts so that these announcements are sent directly to your email address. To register for Religious Education News Alerts follow the instructions below:

  1. Click here if not already on the Religious Education Program 2017-2018 page
  2. Under "Announcements" click the yellow/orange bell symbol. You will be redirected to Site Login;
  3. Click create a new account. Fill-in requested information;
  4. Click "Religious Education" (You may also check any other news alerts you would like to receive such as One8, First Reconciliation/First Eucharist, etc.);
  5. Click "Update Settings".

If you have any questions, please contact the Religious Education Office.

St. Paul Parish is seeking to hire an administrative assistant to provide support for the Religious Education Office. Religious Ed provides classes to approximately 700 children, and prepares children for Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel,Publisher, and Word) with an eye for detail, and strong organizational skills. The position is a part time requiring 24 hours per week. There is some flexibility in the work schedule. If you wish to be considered please send a resume and cover letter as an attachment by July 14, 2017 to jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

St. Paul School children will celebrate First Eucharist on Saturday, May 6 at 9:30 am, rehearsal will be Wednesday, May 3 at 5:30 pm. Children enrolled in Sunday PREP and Stuart Country Day will celebrate First Eucharist on Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 am. Their rehearsal will be Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm

Children enrolled in Tuesday PREP and Princeton Academy will celebrate First Eucharist on Saturday, May 13 at 9:30 am. Rehearsal will be on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 am.

Students from Family Home Study, or those who have changed the times/dates of their scheduled celebrations should attend the rehearsal corresponding with their selection.

Please bring your child's banner to rehearsal!

All children preparing for First Eucharist are asked to attend a morning retreat on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 am– 12:00 pm. A parent is asked to attend with your child. We will meet in the school cafeteria, and children will be brought to their assigned classroom. Parents will attend their own session where we will answer all of your questions about First Eucharist. We will reconvene in the Church for Liturgical "Show and Tell" Unconsecrated "Taste and See" and conclude in prayer. We look forward to seeing you then!

Banner kits will also be distributed.

Please contact the Religious Education Office for more information at: jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the school gym all families of children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time during this school year will gather for an informational meeting. The program for the year as well as other information about celebrating these sacraments will be presented. There will be an opportunity for questions. At least one parent/guardian from each family should attend. Please contact the Religious Education Office with any concerns. See you there!

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