May 18, 2020
Dear Parents of First Communicants:
We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the spring weather that has finally decided to arrive! You may have heard that we have been given permission for public Masses to begin again on May 25th. This is fantastic news as we can now move forward with First Communion! Please know that these decisions were made after prayer and thoughtful consideration of the sanctity of the sacraments, as well as the safety of your child and in compliance with the directives of the local health department.
First Reconciliation will take place on Friday, June 5 from 5-6:30 pm and Saturday June 6 from 7-8:30 pm. You will need to sign up for one of these times to ensure social distancing. Sign-up information is at the bottom of this letter. These will take place in the church. We ask that you enter through the Gathering Space to check in. Face coverings are required. We anticipate having three priests so the evening should move smoothly. We do ask that only parents accompany the child for this sacrament. Included with this letter are some things to refresh your child before their First Reconciliation.
Sadly, we have decided to not move forward with our First Communion retreat this year in order to meet all guidelines. We have instead opted for a “retreat in a box” that you and your child can experience together! One of the blessings we’ve seen abundantly during this time is the opportunity for growth in the domestic church, and this will be no exception! The box will be available when you arrive for First Reconciliation.
Individual First Communion practice and pictures will take place on Wednesday, June 10th from 5:30 – 7:30. You will be given a time when you come to First Reconciliation. These will be staggered so that all 55 children are not present at the same time.
First Communion will be celebrated at one of the following Masses in St. Paul Church:
Saturday, June 13: 10 am or Noon
Saturday, June 20: 10 am
Spanish Mass, June 14: 1 pm
Sign-ups for Mass preference will be taken at First Reconciliation. Please note we will be limited to 15 children per Mass time. Further guidelines will be given to you when you sign up for your Mass time.
To sign up for First Reconciliation, please use this link:
You may also call the parish office between 9 am – Noon or email Jen Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org Times are available in 15-minute increments.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me as Jim Tokarsky, who has so wonderfully lead us this year, will be taking a position at St. Mary’s Vermillion beginning in June.
Thank you for your patience and prayers through this time. We look forward to making this a wonderful celebration for your child and family!
P.S. Check out the First Communion tab above on our page! Lots of resources as you continue to prepare!
Pastoral Associate of Evangelization and Faith Formation