First Communion Schedule 2018-2019

First Reconciliation & First Eucharist 

A warm and heartfelt welcome to the beginning of a very special sacramental year. This year, we will embark on a faith formation journey as, together, we prepare your child for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Our journey will be joy-filled as we help your child discover the real Presence of Jesus and the ways in which he/she will prepare his/her heart for this awesome gift!

It is our desire to involve you, as parents, in our preparation process and to provide a significant experience for you and your children. In short, you are the most important teacher, example, experience your child will have this year as he/she prepares to receive Jesus, thus our focus will be on both including you and preparing your child.

In the words found in the Diocesan Sacrament Preparation Guidelines: “It is truly desirable that parents assume an active role in the preparation of their children. Parents are to be carefully instructed throughout the year on the meaning and theology of the Eucharist as well as their roles as primary catechists for the Sacrament.” Stated just as powerfully from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.”

We ask that you prioritize our time together as sacred and special during this year of preparing your child to receive Jesus. Join us in our excitement and anticipation of the greatest gift any of us could possibly receive. Throughout this year of preparation, we acknowledge and honor your role as the primary catechist of your child.

We look forward to working together in the year ahead!

Click here to read Fr. Ron and Rozann Swanson's letter to 2nd Grade Parents

Register for Sacramental Prep

To register your child for this year's Sacramental Prep, please follow these 2 steps:

  1. Please complete the following form to share additional information about your child's sacramental history and make the $40 sacramental fee for the year online by clicking here
  2. If your child was not baptized at St. Joseph, Avon Lake, please email a copy of the Baptismal Certificate to DRE@StJosephAvonLake.org. 

First Reconciliation

Parent Sessions; 9:40-10:40 am in Social Hall

  • Sunday, October 28; Sacramental registration will take place online. Please have your child’s Baptismal certificate if your child was not baptized at St. Joseph. Sacramental fee is $40 and due with online registration.
  • Sunday, November 18

Reconciliation Retreat; 10:00 am-12:00 noon in the Social Hall

  • Saturday, December 1

First Reconciliation; Families will choose the date of their choice and be asked to complete a form indicating their choice

  • Saturday, December 8; 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 15; 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 16; Parish Advent Penance; 7:00-8:00 pm

First Communion

Parent Sessions; 9:40-10:40 am in Social Hall

  • Sunday, February 10
  • Sunday, March 24

Monday Practices; 4:00-5:00 pm in the Church

  • Monday, April 1 - PSR students only
  • Monday, April 8 - PSR students only
  • Monday, April 15 - PSR students only

Jesus Day; Saturday, April 27 at 10 am–12 noon in the Social Hall

Final Practices; Day School and PSR students

  • Monday, April 29; 4:00-5:00 pm in the Church
  • Wednesday, May 1; 9:00–10:00 am in the Church
    • For the May 1 practice, the public schools of PSR students will be called and a request made for an excused absence. Transportation is provided by the parent that morning to Church and then back to school.

First Communion; Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 am in Church