Schools of the Diocese of Trenton will be closed through May 8, 2020. Therefore, the celebration of First Eucharist will need to be postponed until it has been determined to be safe to gather once again.
A child normally receives the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) during Grade 2 (age 7). It is a 2 year program that begins in Grade 1. This first catechetical year provides for a child to receive adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith in order understand the sacraments they will be celebrating the following year.
In accordance with the policies of the Diocese of Trenton, a child must celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the celebration of First Holy Communion. St. Paul Parish generally celebrates communal First Reconciliation services in the Fall of grade 2. First Holy Communion is celebrated during the Easter Season at special liturgies at the end of April or the beginning of May. Parents may also choose to celebrate their child's First Holy Communion at a regularly scheduled Sunday mass during Easter.
In addition to their learning in a catechetical setting (i.e., religious education program, catholic school, home schooling), a child preparing for these sacraments is expected to participate in proximate preparation activities. This includes two Saturday retreats, one for each sacrament.
We recognize that families face many challenges, if you child is enrolled in a higher grade and has not received these sacraments please contact the Religious Education Office for more formational options.
First Eucharist Retreat
I said a special prayer for you and your families this Saturday morning, when we would have gathered for our First Eucharist Retreat. I wish we could have all been together at that time. However, it is important that we all remain healthy and safe.
Before the governor signed his "stay at home" order this weekend, we extended the invitation to come to the office to pick up retreat materials. In light of current circumstances, that will not be an option, so I am providing materials linked in this email. Even if you've picked up student materials, these may be helpful because I've included catechist materials as well.
We will make banner materials available as the situation and public policy allows.
As of now we are still planning to move forward as scheduled with First Eucharist Rehearsals and Celebrations. We are monitoring the situation and will let you know where things stand as information becomes available.
Please know that your families are in my prayers. Even as our offices are closed, I am here to support you and your family in faith and sacramental formation. I can always be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone: 609.524.0509 (Office) 609.759-0678 (Remote).
John Michael McGuire
Private Catholic School Families
If your child is enrolled in a Princeton area private Catholic School, are registered parishioners of St. Paul and wish your child to receive these sacraments, please register them by clicking here or the registration link at right.