Children’s Sacrament Preparation (Grades 1 – 5)
St. Thomas Aquinas Religious Education Program includes sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Eucharist for the children in our parish. The R.E. Program assists parents by providing religious instruction and faith formation activities designed to teach the person and presence of Jesus Christ. Receiving the sacraments enable children to be not only nourished in their faith but also to live and celebrate it.
First Reconciliation (Confession)
Preparation for the sacrament of First Reconciliation (First Confession) occurs in Grade 2. Basics of the Faith Year 1 Program provides First Reconciliation preparation for those children above this grade level.
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation occurs in Grade 3 prior to instruction for First Eucharist. Basics of the Faith Year 2 Program offers Confirmation preparation for those children above this grade level.
First Eucharist (Communion)
Preparation for the sacrament of First Eucharist (First Communion) also occurs in Grade 3. Basics of the Faith Year 2 Program prepares those children above this grade level for the celebration of First Eucharist.
R.C.I.C. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children)
Religious instruction for children of Grades 4 & 5 who desire to become Catholic is provided through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) process. Children are instructed in the Catholic faith and welcomed into the Church on the Easter Vigil.