FOCUS: PENANCE AND EUCHARIST
In second grade, our focus is on preparing for the Sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist. Through Bible readings, prayer and song, we learn about Jesus and how much He loves and cares for us.
In preparation for First Penance, we learn about how Jesus wants us to live. We make connections between the 'Ten Commandments' and our daily lives. We work hard to learn the 'Act of Contrition' and the format for confession. In February we have a Penance Service with our families in church, as we receive the sacrament for the first time.
Next we focus on the parts of the Mass. We learn prayers and songs associated with the Mass along with their meanings. In the spring, families participate in "Jesus Day". On this day, we focus on Jesus' gift of the Eucharist. We visit the church, complete a Communion craft project, and enjoy a Saturday morning filled with other activities.
The year culminates in the first weekend in May. On Saturday we meet for practice, receive a scapular, and go to Confession. On that Sunday, we have a traditional procession and Mass where our parish family celebrates First Communion with us. This is followed by a delicious breakfast prepared by the Christian Mothers and Women's Club in the parish.