St. Boniface Parish
a CONGREGATION OF FAITH
Regular Mass Attendance
Our weekly celebration of the Eucharist at Mass is at the very heart of our Catholic Faith. As Catholics we believe that when we receive the Eucharist we receive no less than the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we prepare children for their First Eucharist we share with them the belief that Christ is present in the Eucharist and invites us to receive this precious gift of Himself every week.
Children who never or rarely attend Mass often feel lost when their catechists and peers enthusiastically discuss how much Jesus loves them and shows His love through the Eucharist. If for some reason your family does not already attend Mass weekly we encourage you to do so. Use the beginning of your child’s preparation for these sacraments as your inspiration to begin attending Mass regularly so your child can feel comfortable approaching the Eucharist.
Parents/guardians who choose to enroll their children in our preparation process for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation will be expected to attend Sacramental Preparation Sessions with their child. Each session will include some activities for parents and children together and some time when catechists will meet with the children while the parents are meeting with their peers and the DRE. During the adult portion of these sessions you will be invited to explore your own understanding of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist and be given information that will prepare you to share your faith with your child at home. We spend this time focusing on parents because we believe that you are the best teachers of the faith for your child and that it is the church’s responsibility to support you in that role. Children will do approximately half of their preparation here with their catechist and will be helped by parents to complete the other half at home. Final preparation for each sacrament includes a Retreat for students and their families. Your commitment to Regular Mass attendance and full participation in the preparation process cannot be dismissed lightly. While we understand that emergencies arise, it is our expectation that families will make this special time of preparation a priority.