Prince of Peace supports families through a 2-year Sacramental Preparation period.
Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation (Most Commonly 1st Grade)
Prince of Peace students making their sacraments in the next School Year (2021-22)
Elementary SOR children in their first year of religious education, receive the Saint Mary’s Press Catholic Children’s Bible and the instruction to initiate and support their lifelong relationship with God through His Word in Sacred Scripture. Together, we will empower your child to embark on a lifelong journey of drawing closer to God in His Word.
Generally, children attend with you (parent/guardian) two Bible Boot-Camps, one in the fall and one in the early spring. This year, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, Prince of Peace will not host on-site Bible Boot-Camps. Instead, Shannon will send out regular Flocknotes with instruction.
This year, due to COVID-19, Prince of Peace School 1st-Graders receive their religious formation at School and at home, using whichever program/materials/instruction their teachers send home.
Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation (Most Commonly 2nd Grade)
Prince of Peace students making their sacraments this School Year (2020-21)
Elementary SOR children who are in their second year of religious instruction, as well as Catholic Prince of Peace School 2nd-Graders, make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Sacraments are received with one’s home parish.
Prince of Peace celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the first half of the school year and the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the second half. One cannot worthily receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist without the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation, your student prepares for First Reconciliation in the fall and First Holy Communion in the spring.
Generally, parents meet once in the fall and once in the spring with our pastor and Shannon in parent meetings. This year, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, Prince of Peace will not host on-site parent meetings. Instead, Father Greg Hammes will address you (parents/guardians) in a video, and Shannon will keep Elementary SOR families informed via Flocknote.
Generally, students attend a First Reconciliation Retreat in the fall and a First Holy Communion Retreat in the spring. This year, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, Prince of Peace will not host on-site retreats. Instead, Year 2 students will receive the Dynamic Catholic Blessed curriculum. Blessed is a thorough yet easy-to-use program that you will love working through with your child. Shannon will supplement this program with videos and Flocknote. Father Greg Hammes will pop in on video from time-to-time as well.
This year, due to COVID-19, Prince of Peace School 2nd-Graders receive their religious formation at School and at home, using whichever program/materials/instruction their teachers send home.
2020 First Reconciliation
Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 21st, 10:00 a.m. - Noon Venue TBD As 1st Reconciliation draws nearer, Shannon will work with you to schedule your family.
Children will have the opportunity to make their First Holy Communion at weekend Masses during the Easter Season, namely:
April 10th/11th, April 17th/18th April 24th/25th, May 1st/2nd, May 8th/9th, May 15th/16th, and May 22nd/23rd (Pentecost)
Shannon will open a sign-up procedure in the spring for 5-6 pews at each Mass. We see little chance that COVID-19 safety regulations will allow large Masses any time soon. We want to provide you with a venue that is much more “COVID-19 Proof,” something you can more safely schedule around.
Enjoy this beautiful season with your child, and help him/her grow into a vibrant, healthy, sacramental life of frequent Confession and reception of the Eucharist. Religious formation starts at home, must be fostered at home, and is lifelong. Prince of Peace supports you in this endeavor to draw your children ever closer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prince of Peace is large and serves a diverse community. Your safety is our primary concern. To ensure the safety of the Early Education Center (EEC), Prince of Peace School, staff, and all who must use the facilities, we are taking a conservative stance and removing our Elementary SOR program from the facilities. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience as we try to serve you, while keeping you and yours safe.
Sacramental Preparation for Children With Special Needs
Prince of Peace endeavors to support special needs families to the best of our ability. If you or your child(ren) require accommodations, contact the Prince of Peace Parish Advocate for People with Disabilities at SpecialNeeds@popolathe.org at registration or as early as possible in the school year.
Our Parish Advocate serves as a liaison between people with disabilities and the parish, and between the parish and the diocesan ministry of people with disabilities, and as such, will work with you and your family to tailor a program to your needs. If you have an IEP, this helps.
Sacramental Preparation for Older Children
Children in the 3rd-6th Grade who have yet to make their sacraments and desire to do so work with Meighan Ott in our Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program.
For those children in the 3rd-6th Grade preparing to receive the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and/or First Communion, contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 390-3165 for details.
Children in the 7th-12th Grade desiring to make their sacraments should contact the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Megan Feuerborn, at email@example.com.
Anyone older than high school-age attends RCIA and should contact the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization, Larissa Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org.