Two-Year Sacramental Preparation
Prince of Peace honors the Archdiocesan directive regarding Sacramental Preparation. This directive exhorts that a person is best-served by a two-year preparatory period for First Holy Communion.
Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation (Most Commonly 1st Grade)
Those Elementary SOR Children Making their Sacraments in the Next (the 2019-2020) School Year
Elementary SOR students in Year 1 of Sacramental Prep attend two Bible Boot Camp retreats with their parents. Attending children receive the St. Mary's Press Catholic Children's Bible and tools to initiate and support their lifelong relationship with God through His Word in Sacred Scripture. This will be the Bible your children can make their own until they enter the 7th Grade and receive their Youth Bible to continue their relationship with God through His Sacred Scripture.
Prince of Peace School students receive their religious instruction in school. Contact the Christian Formation Office at (913) 829-1147 if you desire your Prince of Peace School 1st Grader to join the Bible Boot Camp retreats.
Important Mandatory Dates for Families of Those Elementary SOR Children in Year 1 of Sacramental Preparation
Bible Boot-Camp, Part 1
Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am - Noon
Bible Boot-Camp, Part 2
Saturday, January 12, 10:00 am - Noon
Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation (Most Commonly 2nd Grade)
Those Elementary SOR Children Making their Sacraments This 2018-2019 School Year
In the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, First Reconciliation and then First Holy Communion commonly take place during the 2nd Grade year. At Prince of Peace, we provide formal preparation in addition to what our children are receiving, either at POP School or through the School of Religion (SOR).
Elementary SOR children who attended 1st Grade religious education last year and are now in 2nd Grade SOR, as well as POP School 2nd Graders, make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in their 2nd Grade year.
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 of the 2nd Grade year. One cannot worthily receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist without the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In the fall, School and SOR parents attend a parent meeting. They then participate in the First Reconciliation Retreat with their children. Prepared, each child makes his/her First Reconciliation.
In the spring, School and SOR parents again attend an informational preparatory meeting. They then attend the First Communion Retreat with their children. Fully prepared, their child makes his/her First Communion.
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. The Prince of Peace Christian Formation team will support you in this endeavor to draw your children ever nearer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Important Mandatory Dates for Prince of Peace Children in Year 2 of Sacramental Preparation
First Reconciliation Parents' Meeting, PARISH HALL
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, October 27, 10:00-11:00 am
Parents need only attend one meeting. Please pick whichever is most convenient.
First Reconciliation Retreat (Meet in the Church)
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 am-Noon, A-M
Saturday, November 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, N-Z
First Reconciliation Service (Church)
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8:30pm, A-M
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am-Noon, N-Z
First Holy Communion
First Communion Parents' Meeting - Parish Hall
Tuesday, January 22, 6:00-7:00 pm CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Saturday, January 26, 10:00-11:00 am
Parents will meet in the Parish Hall
First Communion Retreat
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am-Noon, A-M
Saturday, March 23, 1:00-3:00 pm, N-Z
Children attend with at least one parent.
First Holy Communion
Saturday, April 27. 10:00-11:30 am, A-M
Saturday, April 27. 1:00-2:30 pm, N-Z
Does First Holy Communion Mass meet our Sunday Obligation?
To fulfill one's Sunday obligation, one must attend Mass either on Sunday itself or the evening before (Code of Canon Law 1248). The canonical day is from midnight to midnight, and canonical consensus indicates that the "evening" begins at 4 p.m. (Canon 202).
In layman's terms, to fulfill one's Sunday obligation, attend mass between 4 p.m. on Saturday and midnight on Sunday. The same is the case for Holy Days of Obligation: attend Mass on that day, or at 4 p.m. or later on the preceding day.
Sacramental Preparation for Children With Special Needs
Assisted by Tom Racunas, Lead Consultant for Special Needs
to the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, Prince of Peace assists families with children with special needs. Please do not fear that your child cannot make his/her sacraments. Rather, contact us and let us work with you to help you in this endeavor for your child. Your child, as all children, was created by God to live in relationship with Him. We will assist you to the best of our ability.
Sacramental Preparation for Older Children
Children in the 3rd-6th Grade who have yet to make their sacraments and desire to do so enjoy their Elementary SOR Classes with their peers. They also work through their Home Lessons. They then attend a monthly Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) class with their parents.
For those children in the 3rd-6th Grade preparing to receive the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and/or First Communion, contact the Christian Formation Office (CFO) at (913) 829-1147 for details.
Children in the 7th-12th Grade desiring to make their sacraments should contact the Director of Youth and Youth Adult Ministry.
Anyone older than high school-age attends RCIA and should contact the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation.
Resources to Help Your Child Understand the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Resources to Help Your Child Understand Holy Communion
Informative Videos about Aspects of a Catholic Church
Additional Information for First Holy Communion
Prince of Peace respects the institutions of family and parish. Religious education, including sacramental preparation, should take place primarily within one's family, under the umbrella of one's home parish.