Inter-Parish Religious Formation 

Serving St. Joseph and St. Mary since 1984

404 West Lawrence Street, Appleton, WI 54911
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First Eucharist


Parent meeting:
Parents are the primary teachers of the Sacrament.  We develop activities and choose materials that help the parent fulfill his/her role.  The parents determine readiness for the Sacraments.  We assist you in seeing the signs of age appropriate understanding of Eucharist.
Please come prepared to choose the Mass time that your child will receive the Sacrament, and review the other dates below. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013, 6:30 PM, St. Joseph Holly Hall or
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 8:45 AM, St. Mary Community Room

Make-up Parent meeting Jan. 15, 5:30-6:30 PM
St. Joseph parish center room 209

Parent letter of affirmation to
First Eucharist Candidate

(Parents please review this 2 weeks prior to the retreat!)

First Eucharist Enrollment (Parents and Child):
Children are enrolled in the preparation program during weekend Mass.  Parents and children begin the formal preparation at this event.  Children / Parents who are not ready for the Sacrament may suspend the child's preparation at any time. 
Jan. 19-20 at weekend Masses - all Masses.  You choose the Mass.   

First Eucharist Parent / Child education night and pot-luck: Parent(s) and child  share a meal, discussions, and do a project that helps them better understand Eucharist.  Please be prompt so that you child does not miss something fun.
You choose either
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 6:00 PM, at St. Joseph Holly Hall or
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 6:00 PM at St. Mary Community Room.   

First Eucharist blessing weekend and first meeting with mentor, Children are blessed by their parent(s) during Mass.   They are assigned a volunteer mentor, a member of their parish who will pray for them, praise them for what they have learned about Eucharist, and encourage them in the final stages of preparation.  Parents will be within eyesight of their children during the mentor / child meetings. 
March 2-3 at weekend Masses.  You choose the Mass. 
Parent and child continue working on First Eucharist lessons.   

Meeting with mentor:  The child completes the First Eucharist lessons and has a second meeting with a mentor between March 3 and April 15. 

First Eucharist Retreat: Children attend a 3 hour retreat - fun learning activities, snacks, and practice.  Parents join us for the last 45 minutes.  Parents write a letter of affirmation to First Eucharist Candidate (Parents please review this 2 weeks prior to the retreat!)
Held at St. Mary parish.  You choose:
April 20, 9:00 AM to Noon, or
April 20, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

First Eucharist:  At all parish Masses, April 27-28 (except 6:30 PM Mass at St. Joseph).  Parents may choose a different date, in consultation with the parish schedule. 

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