A couple of weeks ago our second grade parents who’s child is preparing for their First Holy Communion were invited to participate in one of the regular Wednesday night classes with their child. Here is the outline of the night:
1. Children brought their parents to their regular classroom for an opening prayer service (and usual housekeeping things).
2. All the 2nd grade classes came to a large gathering area where parents interacted with their child doing the following (I was the MC helping facilitate and transition):
a. They looked up First Communion related Scripture verses and then shared with the whole group (I called upon volunteers) what they had discovered.
b. Parents worked with their child on a letter to Jesus expressing their excitement of approaching the day of their First Communion.
c. Everyone participated in a re-enactment of the Last Summer (we had matzah bread and grape juice and a script at each table).
This class allows for parents to be a part of their child’s First Communion preparations. I hope parents are doing things at home to prepare and assist their child’s faith formation. This opportunity which I do once during their First Reconciliation preparation and once before First Communion is always a way to give parents the opportunity to come together with other parents to continue their child’s preparations.
If you want any additional information about this class please feel free to email me at email@example.com
What do you do in your parish to involve parents as their child prepares for First Communion?