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First Communion Parent Meeting

The parent meeting for first communion was held last night in Rickardsville. Father Diehm opened the meeting with a reading from John 7:44-49. He talked about the importance of the Eucharist and how it is a defining element in being Catholic. He continued by opening the discussion up to questions and answers. One question was about keeping young people interested in our faith. Father Diehm responded by suggesting we keep the focus on a relationship with Jesus, not the rules of "have to" or "must do." Father referred to John 15:15 "I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father." When we have a personal relationship, when we have a sense of knowing someone, it is harder to lose interest or turn away. Another comment was about sharing prayers in the home. Prayer does not need to be formal; it can be a conversation with God. Father Diehm shared a bedtime routine from his childhood that included a simple prayer his parents created and used every night. Making prayer important, making Jesus part of a family routine demonstrates for children what is important to their parents.

Parents were able to purchase (for $35) the lesson book they can use to teach their child about the Eucharist.  Faith formation families took their book home that night. School families' books went with Miss Hefel to school. Miss Hefel will send home assignments from the book and the completed book.

Upcoming events:
Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 11: a.m. First Communion Retreat for parents and students
Wednesday, May 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. First Communion Practice for parents and students

Both of these events will occur in Rickardsville.

First Communion Mass Schedule:
Saturday, May 6    4:00 pm Balltown            6:00 pm Luxemburg
Sunday, May 7      8:00 am Rickardsville      10:00 am Sherrill

A professional photographer will once again be at each church to take photographs. Purchasing information will be provided at the practice on May 4. 

For those students that came along to the meeting, a roll of paper provided the opportunity to draw meaningful aspects of Eucharist and being Catholic. They shared their pictures with parents at the end of the meeting.