Sacrament of First Communion



Sacramental Preparation is a function of the parish as they are celebrated as a parish community.  The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are celebrated in the 2nd grade year.  Preparation involves the participation of the parent and child at weekly Mass, the monthly preparation gatherings, study of the sacramental resources and the child's attendance in St. Rita day school or PSR.  Children are expected to have been baptized and completed 1st grade religious education to be eligible for the sacraments.

First Communion Formation
Hello Second Grade Families,
The parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland have been issued a directive with regards to rescheduling sacraments that were to take place in the spring. At this time, the Diocese is asking us to reschedule First Communions in the fall. This is of course contingent that the Coronavirus is contained and we are given permission to gather for public events in the fall.
I know that this may not surprise you as we continue to watch many planned events get cancelled daily. However, I also know that this information may cause you and your families many emotions. Please know that the Sacramental Team and I share in those emotions with you. This time in our lives has been filled with much change, uncertainty, and unpredictability. We are here for you and are available to you if there are questions, concerns, or feelings you would like to discuss. I would like to provide you with some things we do know!
  • Your child will make their First Communion! I cannot say what "fall" means or give you a specific date, we just have to wait and see how things unfold in our country and community. However, your child is ready in their heart and has been fully prepared to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. That is the beauty we will all witness, as a Church, in God's timing.
  • The role you play as first educators in the faith is critical! As Catechists on the Second Grade Sacramental Team, we have always been grateful to assist you in your role as primary educators of the faith. The opportunities you share with your children in faith formation is even more necessary since we are not able to reinforce their religious learning at monthly gatherings. Hopefully, you have been able to take advantage of the catechesis tools being sent through the St. Rita eBulletin and Constant Contact emails.
  • We must not loose focus of why we are faced with these abnormal circumstances. I know that rescheduling the sacrament of First Eucharist is not anything that we planned on, but our loved ones can be in danger of contracting COVID-19 and we, as a Church, are following the guidelines of very educated people. We want to protect all of Christ's children the best that we can.
  • You will receive updates as soon as we can provide them. When we are able to look at a time frame in which we can come together in a Gathering again, I will let you know right away. When the restrictions began, we were getting ready to practice the movement of receiving communion with the unconsecrated host and wine. Our plan as a team is to have that Gathering as well as practices, just like we would have in May. I just do not know when that will be scheduled. Please be patient as we are trying to navigate through this uncharted water as well.
  • We are here for you! If you would like faith formation ideas, links, websites or materials that we have not already offered, let me know! If you would like to reach out to just process your thoughts about this news, please do. I am not in the office. The best way to reach me is through email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The St. Rita Sacramental Team and Parish Staff are lifting you and your families in prayer.
Kelly Foraker & the Sacramental Team
St. Rita Parish

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