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Sacramental Preparation for Children

First Reconciliation & First Eucharist

Parent-Guardian Preparation Sessions for Sacrament

Preparation for 2018-2019 will be held on:

Thursday,  October 18th  from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This information is repeated on

Friday, October 19th  from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

These sessions will be held in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Parish Center.

St Clement’s Parish Registration

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Calling all to God’s Goodness

The next set of Parent-Guardian Preparation Sessions for Sacrament Preparation for Children will take place in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Parish Center.

Tuesday, November 7 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am                 Repeated
Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Please attend one of the above sessions.

First Reconciliation Services…

are scheduled for Saturday, December 9th, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 12:30 pm.

Family Liturgy

Children 8-years and older are invited to be readers. Children of any age with their parents are invited to greeters, gift bearers, and/or bulletin distributors. Please contact Denise Salage for more information about this.

Ringers and Singers

Children K and older welcome!  Children please come and sing with the Ringers and Singers at the Family Liturgies. Karey Hall-Trimmings will prepare the children prior to the 9:30 am Family Liturgy. Children interested in singing will meet Karey in Our Lady’s Chapel at 8:30 am to practice. For more information please contact Karey at 518-598-4945 or karey_trimmings@yahoo.com.

Here are the dates for Sunday at 9:30 am:

November, 12

Here are the 2018 dates for Sundays at 10:00 am:

January 21
February 11
March 4


Children K and older welcome!

The St. Clement’s Children’s Choir will sing on the third Sundays of October, November, and

December at the 10:00 am Masses and at the 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.

Jeff and Brenda Vredenburg will prepare the children before the 10:00 am Liturgy. Children interested in singing will meet in Our Lady’s Chapel at 9:30 am to practice. For more information, please

contact Brenda at jbv@scpny.org

Here are the dates for the St. Clement’s Children’s Choir at the Sunday 10:00 am Liturgies:

                    October 21

                    November 18 

                    December 16


Additionally, mark your calendar for

Monday December 24 at the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Vigil

Our Faith Formation program is committed to providing high quality, family-centered sacramental preparation programs for children.  Each child is unique and we are dedicated to helping parents fashion a vibrant spiritual life in their child especially through sacramental preparation programs.  The most important component of any sacramental preparation is for a family to make the sacraments, especially the Eucharistic Sacrifice (Mass) central to their lives.  Parents desiring to present their children for First Communion preparation are asked to commit themselves to attending Sunday Mass weekly in keeping with the teaching of the church and the command of Jesus to celebrate the Eucharist in his memory.

Sacraments are not given according to grade but according to the readiness of the child, though a majority of children demonstrate a readiness somewhere around the 2nd or 3 rd grade or higher.  The  decision to present a child for sacramental preparation is made in consultation with the child’s parents and catechists.  Our primary consideration is always the child and the child’s understanding and readiness to receive the sacramental gifts of the church.  The Faith Formation Team is here to assist parents in discerning their child’s readiness for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

It is highly recommended and desirable that children enrolling in our sacramental preparation program have had one year of an introductory (Level One) parish faith formation program. Children with no previous introductory faith formation program often experience confusion and demonstrate a difficulty in grasping the materials contained in the sacramental preparation programs. Parents are encouraged to defer immediate preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for their child and to enroll them in an introductory level class first.

There are special programs for older children who have not received  First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  Similarly, our  aith Formation Program provides a special process for older children who have not been baptized, called Rite of Christian Initiation of Children.

Our parish policy is that preparation for Sacraments occurs at the parish level.  Religious home-schooling should be an exception and only for very serious medical reasons.

Children enrolled in St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School may prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at the school.  However, the celebration of these sacraments occurs within the context of a parish celebration with other parish families candidates.  

For our Sacramental Preparation Program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, we use CALL TO CELEBRATE (Reconciliation) and CALL TO CELEBRATE (Eucharist) also from Harcourt Religion Publishers.

Parent preparation sessions are woven into the process so that parents are empowered to fulfill the promise they made at the time of their child’s baptism: to be the primary teachers in the ways of faith and Christian living. 

Social justice projects appropriate to children are integrated into the preparation process.  In this way our children learn from the beginning that the Eucharist calls us to act with justice and care on behalf of the poor and needy of our world.  In recent years our First Communicants have undertaken some wonderful social action projects including donating their First Communion clothing to children of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Calle Real, El Salvador; helping raise money to help mothers and children at St. Raphael’s Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq,  as well as a program for children with special needs in Oaxaca, Mexico.