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First Communion

Dear Parents/Guardian

This may be a very important year for you and your family. Your child is about to enter another phase of his/her academic journey. It is also the time to think about your child celebrating and receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and of the Holy Eucharist. I do believe that your child’s school curriculum with the valuable assistance of his/her respective teacher is geared to prepare him/her for this important phase of his/her faith journey.

The dates for the celebration of these sacraments will be:

First Reconciliation:                Thursday February 25th, 2021
First Holy Communion:           Saturday May 25th, 2021 or Saturday June 5th, 2021

 

The family has the greatest role in instilling human and Christian values. The family, like the Church, ought to be the place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates. Parents have the primary responsibility to journey in faith with their children. The formation of children depends on the help, example, and influence of their parents. They not only give consent to the Christian Initiation process, they also promise to do their part in preparing their children for initiation.

Enrolment of your child at our Catholic Schools does not mean that he/she is registered to celebrate and receive the Sacraments. If you would like your child to receive the sacraments we need you to register your child with us and plan on participating in some immediate preparation for the reception of these sacraments. Parents or guardians are expected to have contact with clergy and catechist, to attend the online sacramental preparations, be present at all Sunday masses, and to attest to their children’s spiritual progress.

 

We are still in the midst of a pandemic. We, the parish staff, and volunteer cleaners and ushers do our best to ensure that parishioners are able to come to church and worship safely. But some people are not yet comfortable being back in church. So it is understandable if you decide not to participate in the sacramental preparation program this year.

The pandemic is changing the way we live, even the practice of our faith. Some new norms at St. Margaret’s are social distancing in and around the church, the required wearing of a face mask or covering at all times while in the church, admission to daily and Sunday mass is first come first serve basis, and holy communion is by hand only at this time.

Registration
Registration forms for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion preparation program are included with this email and are also available on our parish website: stmargaretmi.archtoronto.org, under the tab ‘About Us’, ‘Registration Forms.’ Once completed, please submit the form, with a scanned copy of your child’s baptism certificate to our parish email: stmargarets@rogers.com.

The deadline for the registration will be Thursday November 19, 2020
 

Donation

To assist our parish to defray the costs of preparing your child to receive and celebrate the Holy Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, a donation of $ 30 is much appreciated. This donation covers the cost of a Sunday missal and 2 workbooks; one for First Reconciliation and one for First Holy Communion.

Please bring your donation to church at your child’s Enrollment Mass.

 

 

Enrollment Mass
In addition to regular Mass attendance as noted above, all children are required to attend with their parents an Enrollment Mass. The dates of the Enrollment Masses will be:

Saturday November 21, 2020 at 5pm or Sunday November 22, 2020 at 11: 30 am.
 

 

Preparation Classes

Both parents and children are expected to do the sacramental preparation instructions at home, utilizing the wonderful Dynamic Catholic ‘Blessed’ program series https://dynamiccatholic.com/blessed. Blessed is a state of the art series of 84 short animated films and beautifully illustrated workbooks that will assist the children in their journey. Once registered your child will receive the 2 workbooks needed for the program.

 

Also, children are required to attend all the online catechism classes with our parish catechist. Please provide us with an email address to be used for this purpose on the registration form. These classes are meant to complement and not to replace the work that parents are expected to do with your children.

There is a list of the dates of these classes attached to this letter.
 

To further support your child this year, each child will receive a copy of a Sunday Missal. This missal is a great tool in preparing your child for participation at the Sunday Mass.

 

Future Communication:
All future information will be available through our bi-weekly church bulletin, our parish website and email correspondence.

Sincerely yours,

Fr. Roselle Azares Pastor

St. Margaret’s Parish, Midland

 

 

Important Dates

First Reconciliation – First Holy Communion 2020/21

Registration Deadline:
Thursday November 19th

Email completed registration form and scanned baptismal certificate to stmargarets@rogers.com

Your $30 donation towards the materials (2 workbooks, Sunday Missal) can be given at enrolment mass or dropped off at the parish office Tuesday – Friday 9:30 – 11:30 am

Enrollment mass:
Saturday November 21st at 5pm    or Sunday November 22nd at 11:30 am

You and your child need to attend and participate at only one of the above masses

 

Virtual Reconciliation Sessions:
 

1. Wednesday, November 25
(4:15-5:00)
2. Wednesday, December 16
(4:15-5:00)
3. Wednesday, January 13
(4:15-5:00)
4. Wednesday, January 27
(4:15-5:00)
5. Wednesday, February 10
(4:15-5:00)
6. Wednesday, February 24
(4:15-5:00)
Your child is expected to make every effort to attend and participate in all of the above First Reconciliation program sessions hosted by a St. Margaret’s First Reconciliation/Communion facilitator

Attendance at these sessions will be taken.

 

Virtual First Communion Sessions:
 

1. Wednesday, March 10
(4:15-5:00)
2. Wednesday, March 24
(4:15-5:00)
3. Wednesday, April 7
(4:15-5:00)
4. Wednesday, April 21
(4:15-5:00)
5. Wednesday, May 5
(4:15-5:00)
6. Wednesday, May 19
(4:15-5:00)
Your child is expected to make every effort to attend and participate in all of the above First Communion Blessed program sessions hosted by a St. Margaret’s First Reconciliation/Communion facilitator.

Attendance at these sessions will be taken.

 

First Reconciliation:        Thursday February 25th, 2021
First Communion:           Saturday May 29th, 2021 or Saturday June 5, 2021

 

First Communion Registration

If you are interested in having your child receive First Confession and First Holy Communion, please fill out the form below and email to stmargarets@rogers.com or return in person to the Parish Office.

Registration Form
A priest leaning down giving First Communion to a young girl.