Prince of Peace Catholic Community
16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062
Church: 913-782-8864
School: 913-764-0650

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation

 

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 1st Graders 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 1st Graders 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
 
First Reconciliation Parents' Meeting
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-7:00 pm
or 
Saturday, October 27, 10:00-11:00 am 
Parents need only attend one meeting.  Please pick whichever is most convenient.
 
First Reconciliation Retreat
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 am-Noon, A-M
Saturday, November 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, N-Z
 
First Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am-Noon
 
(Due to the ever-reducing number of priests and limited availability of Johnson County priests on weekday evenings, we have historically been graced with fewer priests for the Wednesday evening First Reconciliation service than for the Saturday morning service. Last year we had 6 priests Wednesday evening and 13 Saturday morning. We anticipate this discrepancy again this year and therefore, longer lines and a longer service on the Wednesday evening. We cannot guarantee that this service will last only one hour. As Shannon learns how many priests we can expect, she will open up the Wednesday evening service to the appropriate number of children. If your schedule allows, please plan to attend the Saturday morning service. Stand by for more information by early October. Contact Shannon with any immediate questions or concerns. 
 
First Holy Communion
 
First Communion Parents' Meeting
Tuesday, January 22, 6:00-7:00 pm
or 
Saturday, January 26, 10:00-11:00 am
Parents need only attend one meeting.  Please pick whichever is most convenient.
 
First Communion Retreat
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am-Noon, A-M
Saturday, March 23, 1:00-3:00 pm, N-Z
 
First Holy Communion
Saturday, April 27. 10:00-11:30 am, A-M
Saturday, April 27. 1:00-2:30 pm, N-Z
 
 

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. The 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

Parish

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Please enjoy this 2 minute message from
Fr. Jerry Volz, Pastor at
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
in Olathe, Kansas

 

 

Calendar of Events

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Sunday Readings & Homily

October 14, 2018: Readings and Gospel Only
October 7, 2018: Readings and Gospel Only