For several years now, preparation for Confirmation has been a two year program with formation being done in the sixth/seventh or seventh/eighth grade. In the first year the students continue learning about the beliefs of the Catholic faith and how those beliefs can and should be lived out in our daily lives. In the second year students look at the history of the Catholic Church and have their immediate preparation and formation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall of their eighth or ninth grade year.
At St. Francis Xavier our sixth and seventh grade students are beginning their first year of preparation for Confirmation which they will receive in the Fall of 2014. Each of these years of formation has certain requirements for the students to complete. Class attendance of 85%-90% is required for each year. Other requirements for Confirmation will be presented during a parent meeting early in the year.
It has long been implied, although not specifically stated, that formation for First Communion is also a two year program. This year's first graders, in order to receive First Communion at the end of their second grade, the students will be expected to present for 85% of classes as a first grader. The lessons taught and the formation that happens in the first grade is foundational for the lessons and formation that happens in the second grade as the students are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the fall and for the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in the spring.
If you have a child in first grade this year (2012-2013) he or she will need to be attending religious education class this year to be prepared for the second grade program next year.
If your child is in second grade this year (2012-2013) and he/she did not attend on a regular basis as a first grader last year, they will be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist this year. However, it is possible that they may need to do some make-up work at home if there are gaps in their foundational information. Attendance of 90% is required for the second grade year.
If you have any questions about this policy, you may contact Barbara at the Parish Hall, 364-3621, on her cell phone (210-621-3796), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org