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Meeting for Parents 2014 Meeting for Parents 2014 January 2014 Good Shepherd Church Margie Meyers Director of Faith Formation (238-0649)

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1 Meeting for Parents 2014 Meeting for Parents 2014 January 2014 Good Shepherd Church Margie Meyers Director of Faith Formation ( )

2 Introductions(in small groups). Introduce yourself to at least two people that you dont know well. After introductions, please take a moment to quietly think on the questions. Then you will be invited to share with one or two others 1. Who are you? Where are you from? Who is your son or daughter? 2. What do you remember your own First Communion? When was it? Where was it? How old were you? What did you wear? Who was there? What do you remember learning? Take a minute to quietly remember then you are invited to share your memory with one or two other parents. 3. What are your hopes for your child in this time of preparation and celebration of First Communion?

3 Parent Meeting Outline Introductions Introductions Prayer/Reflection/Sharing Prayer/Reflection/Sharing Sacramental Theology Sacramental Theology A brief refresher on the Sacrament of Eucharist A brief refresher on the Sacrament of Eucharist The Family-centered preparation The Family-centered preparation Ritual Matters (dvd) Ritual Matters (dvd) Practical information about Parish Celebrations Practical information about Parish Celebrations Guide and Materials for Home Preparation for First Communion Guide and Materials for Home Preparation for First Communion Overview of Dates and Expectations Overview of Dates and Expectations (Getting used to) The Revised Roman Missal (Getting used to) The Revised Roman Missal Questions & Comments; Evaluation Questions & Comments; Evaluation

4 Q What is a Sacrament? Baltimore Catechism; No. 3, Lesson 13

5 Q What is a Sacrament? A. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Baltimore Catechism; No. 3, Lesson 13

6 A sacrament is an ordinary experience that becomes extra-ordinary because God is present with us in a special way in that experience. The moment or experience becomes Sacred. A Sacrament affects what it signifies. A Sacrament opens our eyes, strengthens the bond, deepens our Relationship with God and is an experience of Gods Grace.

7 God - the Trinity JesusChurch The Seven Sacraments

8 Eucharist is one of the seven sacraments. It is considered the "the source and summit of the Christian life" sacraments (Lumen Gentium 11). "The other sacraments...are bound up with the Eucharist and are orientated toward it (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1324). (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1324).

9 Whats in a name? CommunionEucharist from Greek εχαριστία (eucharistia), means"thanksgiving" (For what are we thankful?) (First Communion but NOT First Eucharist)

10 Eucharist in History

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12 And on the day called Sunday, all who live in the cities or in the country gather together in one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we said before... when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in the like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks has been given and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we said before... when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in the like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks has been given and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well-to-do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president who succors the orphans and widows, and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds, and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all those who are in need. And they who are well-to-do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president who succors the orphans and widows, and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds, and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all those who are in need. St. Justin Martyr ( )

13 Early Liturgy St. Justin Martyr – AD Readings are taken from both the Old and New Testaments Readings are taken from both the Old and New Testaments The president of the assembly gives a homily after the readings The president of the assembly gives a homily after the readings The prayers and intercessions are an important part of the liturgy. In the early description Justin mentions that they are concluded with the kiss of peace. The prayers and intercessions are an important part of the liturgy. In the early description Justin mentions that they are concluded with the kiss of peace. The president offers prayers and thanksgiving according to his ability The president offers prayers and thanksgiving according to his ability Holy Communion is brought to the sick and the absent. Holy Communion is brought to the sick and the absent. To Justin, the collection for those who are in need seems like an integral part of the Mass. To Justin, the collection for those who are in need seems like an integral part of the Mass.

14 The Role of the Family

15 Family as Icon of Trinity Family is called to be a community of faith, hope and love Family is called to be a community of faith, hope and love When a family becomes a community of love – it begins to become an image of the loving communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When a family becomes a community of love – it begins to become an image of the loving communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Learning forgiveness is an important key to a healthy communion – community of love. Learning forgiveness is an important key to a healthy communion – community of love.

16 Ritual Matters (DVD – approx. 10 mins)

17 Sacramental Stoles – A Good Shepherd Tradition If your child was baptized and/or celebrated First Reconciliation here at Good Shepherd, you should already have a stole and you can begin to plan on adding symbols for EUCHARIST. If your child was baptized and/or celebrated First Reconciliation here at Good Shepherd, you should already have a stole and you can begin to plan on adding symbols for EUCHARIST. If you need a blank stole – call Margie or the Parish Office to pick one up. If you need a blank stole – call Margie or the Parish Office to pick one up. Handouts with instructions and some symbol suggestions are available Handouts with instructions and some symbol suggestions are available Children wear their stole during the entire First Communion Celebration Children wear their stole during the entire First Communion Celebration

18 Your Childs Book New for 2014 Eucharist: We Give Thanks and Praise Take a few moments to page through and look at the table of contents and Chapter 1

19 RCLs Sacrament Website Click on Sacraments For Children: For Children: Church tour Church tour Games Games Fun Reviews Fun Reviews Coloring pages Coloring pages For Parents For Parents Scripture Stories Mealtime prayers Related activities Reflections Addition Information

20 Expectations for Readiness 1 Participation in Sunday Mass on a regular basis Participation in Sunday Mass on a regular basis Ongoing Religious Education/Faith Formation (parish, home or Catholic School) / Ongoing Religious Education/Faith Formation (parish, home or Catholic School) /

21 Expectations for Readiness 2 Child is beginning to know the responses and the prayers of the Mass (Our Father, Holy,Holy acclamation, memorial acclamation and the Great Amen) Child is beginning to know the responses and the prayers of the Mass (Our Father, Holy,Holy acclamation, memorial acclamation and the Great Amen) Personal & Family prayer are part of the childs life including the following traditional prayers: Personal & Family prayer are part of the childs life including the following traditional prayers: Sign of the Cross Sign of the Cross Hail Mary Hail Mary The child has a capacity for reverence necessary for sharing in the Eucharistic banquet The child has a capacity for reverence necessary for sharing in the Eucharistic banquet Our Father Our Father Act of Contrition Act of Contrition

22 Expectations for Readiness The child has a capacity for reverence necessary for sharing in the Eucharistic banquet The child has a capacity for reverence necessary for sharing in the Eucharistic banquet How do we instill a sense of reverence in our children?

23 Dates to note: First Communion Parent Meeting: Jan. 12/Jan Parent Meeting: Jan. 12/Jan HOME PREPARATION (Now through late April/early May) – concurrent with in-class school & parish based HOME PREPARATION (Now through late April/early May) – concurrent with in-class school & parish based PARISH RECONCILIATION CELEBRATION APRIL 1 DURING LENT - APRIL 1 RETREAT APRIL : 9:30 – 12:30 RETREAT APRIL : 9:30 – 12:30 First Communion CELEBRATIONS: First Communion CELEBRATIONS: May 3– 10 am – ONLY GROUP CELEBRATION May 3– 10 am – ONLY GROUP CELEBRATION Rehearsal – (Tentative) Thursday, May 1 Rehearsal – (Tentative) Thursday, May 1 Or Family-based/Parish Weekend Mass Option Or Family-based/Parish Weekend Mass Option

24 First Communion FAQ Dates? Dates? You may change your scheduled date – in writing/by , 3 weeks before date You may change your scheduled date – in writing/by , 3 weeks before date What to wear? What to wear? Sunday best. Boys – dress shirt & tie is preferable (jacket is optional) Sunday best. Boys – dress shirt & tie is preferable (jacket is optional) Girls – Sunday best. White dresses are traditional but not required Pictures? Pictures? not sure?? not sure??

25 Liturgical Ministers will be needed for the Parish Celebrations. Hospitality (older brothers or sisters?) Hospitality (older brothers or sisters?) Extraordinary Ministers of Communion Extraordinary Ministers of Communion Lector/Reader Lector/Reader Altar Servers Altar Servers We WELCOME volunteers and they may call the Parish office to sign up.

26 Comments?Questions? Please take a few moments to complete the evaluation survey. I take your input seriously and it will affect meetings planned for the future. Please take a few moments to complete the evaluation survey. I take your input seriously and it will affect meetings planned for the future. Call or with questions! shepherded.pbworks.com


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