St. Mark Catholic Parish

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2020 First Holy Communion (Gr. 2’s)

The following letter and blank enrollment form was sent home with each Grade 2 student attending St. Mark’s and St. Dominic’s Schools in the Fall of 2019.  If you did not receive this package, or if your child attends a different school, please pick up a package from the parish office.

October 2019

Dear Parents:


You are receiving this letter because you have a child attending Grade 2, which is commonly the time, around age 7, when a person is eligible to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation (First Confession) and First Eucharist.

The Sacraments are sacred mystery and they are at the very root and life of the Church.  Our faith teaches that through Sacrament, God becomes present to His Church in a unique way that imparts a grace.  To be considered a full member of the Catholic Church, a person must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.  For this reason, this is a very important moment in the faith development of your child because it imparts a Catholic identity.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life that unites us to one another, to the Church and to Christ Himself, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”  As Catholic parents, I encourage you to take an active role in ensuring that your child has a sufficient age-related understanding and is ready to receive their First Confession and First Holy Communion.  Attending Sunday Mass on a regular basis is the single-most important thing you can do as a parent in the Sacramental and Faith Development of your child. Through weekly participation in the Sunday Eucharist and yearly celebrations of the Seasons, we experience a living faith and enter into the life of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.

The parish-based program consists of five meetings (see dates below) and will follow the Diocese of Hamilton’s Sacramental Guidelines for the Christian Initiation of Children, which can be found on their website at catechesis/sacraments/parents.

To request and enroll for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, all candidates are asked to attend one of the Masses on the weekend of Nov. 30 / Dec. 1 (the First Sunday of Advent): 

Enrollment Ceremony Mass:
Sat. Nov. 30 at 5:00 pm … OR … Sun. Dec. 1 at 9:30 OR 11:30 am
During this Mass, Candidates will be asked to come forward after Communion and present their completed enrollment form requesting the two Sacraments.

Preparation Meetings: 
SUNDAYS AFTER 11:30AM MASS (approx. 12:30)
Candidates are expected to attend sessions 2 through 5.  Parents are expected to attend three sessions (Jan. 12, Feb. 2 and Feb. 23).  There will be no opportunity to make-up missed sessions.

Session # Sunday Date: For:
1: January 12 Parents
2: January 26 Candidates
3: February 2 Candidates
(and Parents with Fr. Steve)
4: February 9 Candidates
5: February 23 Candidates
(and Parents with Fr. Steve)

The Sacrament of First ReconciliationPOSTPONED
At the Feb. 23rd meeting, parents will have the opportunity to sign-up for one of the following dates to bring their child for their first confession:
Thursday, April 16 from 6:30-7:30 pm  in the church
Saturday, April 18 from 9:45-10:45 am  in the church

School Day Retreat & RehearsalPOSTPONED
Approx. 9:45 – 2:30 at the Church:
– Thursday, April 23 for St. Dominic students
– Wed., April 29 for St. Mark students

The Sacrament of First Holy EucharistPOSTPONED
– Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm  for St. Dominic students
– Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm  for St. Mark students
(If your child does not attend St. Dominic School or St. Mark School you may choose either of the dates above.)

Fr. Steve Murrin

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