First Communion

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is offered every Saturday at 10am in the Church.

During Lent, Confession will also be offered immediately following the Stations of the Cross on Friday Nights (about 6pm).

Sacramental Preparation

(First Reconciliation & First Communion)

Sacramental Preparation - Diocesan regulations require two continuous years of religious instruction before receiving the Sacrament of First Communion in Second Grade. Those two years can be in our Religious Education (Family Faith Formation) program or a Diocesan approved Catholic school.  In addition, sacrament preparation classes are required in the second year.

 

Parents, how can you enroll in the First Communion and First Reconciliation classes for 2023-2024 ? 

1) Attend Mass regularly as a family, each Sunday at St. William

2) Enroll and attend regularly faith formation classes (or Catholic school, or homeschool Catholic classes)  As of Oct 1, our parish has room for Kinder-3rd graders on Wednesday evening only.  All Sunday classes  are full.

3) Traditionally, classes begin at the start of your child's second grade year.  Contact the director of family faith for an appointment to register your son or daughter. 

 

First Communion CURRENT SESSIONS 

Parent Instruction - Explanation of the Mass "Breaking in the Habit" Video Playlist - Here, Franciscan Fr. Casey has short (about 6 min) videos for each section of the Mass - and they match our curriculum sessions.  If you're looking for the videos to watch with with your children, please check the last page of any session handout.  Towards the bottom, there is a QR code and web address.  We do not have copyright permission to post online. Thank you!

Session 1- watch video Introductory Rites

Session 2- watch 2 videos:  Liturgy of the Word PLUS Homily, Creed, Intercessions

Session 3- watch video Preparation of the Gifts

Sessions 4 & 5 - watch video  Eucharistic Prayer and Communion

Session 6 - watch video Concluding Rites

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PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE SACRAMENT

Click here for dress code. (for First Communicants)

Click here for a 4 min video on Church etiquette (for everyone, especially visitors).

Practicing:  How to Receive Holy Communion

Video for older children (Busted Halo, 5 mins)

Video for younger children. (Lay Catholic, 2 mins)

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Kristine Neumayer-Jenkins
Director of Family Faith Formation

239-963-4795

To email, use the address below but substitute the (at) for @ and the (dot) for .

kristi (at)  saintwilliam (dot) org