One of the treasures of Catholic education is the opportunity for a child to learn and receive two of the most beautiful Sacraments of our Church: the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. With the reception of these Sacraments, 2nd graders are brought into the on-going spiritual life of the entire school. This is especially experienced when each child receives sacramental confession during Advent and during Lent. Individual classes attend 8:30am Mass and remain for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Mass is celebrated for the entire student body twice a month.
Students learn that God loves them, forgives them of their sins and restores them to friendship with Him. Care is given to help each student learn to love the Bible, to pray, sing and speak about God, and to treat their fellow students with respect and love.
Students in 2nd grade prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in early February. They learn the importance of always choosing what is good and rejecting what is wrong. Students also learn about what sin is, the consequences and effects of choosing to sin and the love and mercy of Jesus that is restored again through Confession. They learn how to be responsible for their actions and attitudes and how to heal the wrongs they have done, in order to bring peace to their hearts, to the Church and to the world.
Students prepare to receive their First Holy Communion in April as a class community. They learn that Christ is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament and they learn to love Him with all their hearts. They learn the many ways that we show honor and devotion to the Eucharist. They also learn that love of the Holy Eucharist must always be tied to love and concern for our neighbor, for the poor and the sick. In Eucharistic adoration students will be exposed to the rich tradition of the Church of silent prayer and meditation.
The goal of this year’s sacramental preparation is to anchor within each child a love for the Eucharist and for Reconciliation so that this will feature prominently throughout their adult lives as Catholics.