St. Anselm Church welcomes all children, regardless of age into our sacrament preparation program. The child must be baptized, or scheduled to be baptized before they can receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion.
Both of these sacraments are celebrated by children at the conclusion of their second year of Religious Education. The Archdiocese of San Francisco mandates that all children must have the equivalent of two years of Religious Education before they may receive these sacraments. Religious Education starts with first grade then in the spring of 2nd grade, the child will receive the sacrament.
Older children (those beginning Religious Education in second grade and above) who have not fulfilled the two-year requirement will receive both sacraments in the spring of his or her second year of Religious Education.
There will be two workshop for the child who will be receiving the sacraments to attend.
Classes are held in conjunction with our Religious Education classes. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 8:45AM- 9:45am at St. Anselm School (40 Belle Ave). The program is made up of two phases, the curriculum-based phase which takes place in the classroom and the liturgical phase which includes attending the 10:00AM family mass.
The children walk over from the School, with their teacher, to the Church where they meet their parents/ guardians for mass. Mass attendance is a requirement of the sacrament preparation class. The first 3 pews are reserved for the children and their parents/ guardians. Every so often the program will join our Religious Education program for a group class session in our parish hall. These meetings will be to the discretion of the DRE.
This year we will be using a new curriculum from St. Mary’s Press called “Go Seek Find: Discover God’s Treasures.” This change in curriculum has been made in order to accommodate all age range of children who are registered in our preparation program and more importantly to start getting the children familiarized with the bible.
Here is how St. Mary’s Press describes this new curriculum:
Go Seek Find: Discover God’s Treasures is a new sacrament prep program centered on a new approach. Instead of using a traditional textbook or workbook, children interact with and explore The Catholic Children’s Bible, seeing how Scripture relates to the themes they are learning about—in a way they can understand.
Children track their journey through Scripture to their destination of celebrating the Sacraments using colorful treasure maps and stickers. Fun, hands-on activities get them up out of their seats, moving and engaged in what they’re learning.
Registration for 2017-2018 is now open!
Please print and fill out the forms bellow and return it to our parish office, either in person or by mail.
St. Anselm Church
P.O. Box 1061
Ross, ca 94957
Parent Handout (Please read before signing the Registration Form)
Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation- Natalie L.
Email: DRE@saintanselm.org (Please put “First Communion” in subject line)