First Reconciliation and Eucharist
We are honored to invite the children to prepare for Eucharist, a Sacrament of Initiation. There are few moments in life that are remembered so tenderly as First Communion. Eucharist is about gathering at the Lord’s table where all are welcome to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Weekly, we gather with the community to be renewed in our faith, challenged and encouraged by the Word, nourished and strengthened by the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance, (also known as Reconciliation), are intimately connected. In the Roman Church, preparation for and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation precedes that of First Communion. In his death and resurrection Christ overcomes sin and restores communion between the Father and humanity. God's super-abundant love and mercy also lie at the heart of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Human beings always stand within the the Father's call to repentance and grace. Our God so desires to reconcile, to forgive, and to be in communion with each of us. Students celebrating First Eucharist in second grade must have been enrolled at St. Barnabas Catholic School or in Religious Education in first grade. There is a Eucharist fee of $45.00 per child. Please note fees are due Friday, November 1.
For further details, please contact the Religious Education Office, 773-445-3450. (Click here for First Eucharist Information Sheet)
For further details, please contact the Religious Education Office at 773-445-3450
Confirmation Calendar 2019-2020
Tuesday, October 1 Confirmation Fee ($55) is Due.
Tuesday, October 15 7:00 PM Church: Candidates & Sponsor Evening of Reflection
(If sponsor is unable to attend, a parent should attend. Assignment for Candidate / Sponsor to work on together will be given at this time.)
Friday, October 18 Holy Fire. Archdiocesan event from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. Attendance will require paying a fee. Attendance is optional and can count as mandatory Confirmation Retreat. More details to follow.
Sunday, October 20 10:00 AM Church for Sunday Mass
Confirmation Enrollment of Candidates
Sunday, November 17 Confirmation Saint Report Due for RE Confirmandi.
(SBS Confirmandi will work with their 8th Grade religion teacher on a report / project related to their chosen saint. Due date will be assigned by teacher.)
Sunday, December 15 RE Confirmandi: Letter to the Bishop Due
Monday, December 16 SBS Confirmandi: Letter to the Bishop Due
Every candidate will write a one-page, double spaced, personal letter to the Confirming Bishop (TBD) explaining:
- why he/she wants to be confirmed
- who his/her sponsor is and a little about why they chose him/her
- what service the candidate has performed.
- what saint he/she has chosen for a Confirmation Name (short reflection on the Saint and how you can imitate this person as an 8th grader).
Jan 11, Jan 29, Feb 2 Confirmation Retreat options for those who do not attend Holy Fire. (Retreatants will be given a choice of dates. Dates will be January 11 from 8:30 to noon, Wednesday, January 29 shortly after school, and the afternoon of Sunday, February 2 from 3:00 to 6:30. Deacon Neu and Mr. McGowan will be leading the retreats.
Week of February 2-7 Confirmation interviews – Exact dates and times to be assigned. RE Confirmandi should be ready to interview at Religious Ed session on Sunday, February 2. SBS Confirmandi will interview during the school day. Service Journals and sponsor assignment due at interview.
Tuesday, February 18 7:00 PM Church Confirmation Rehearsal
(Candidate and Sponsors only)
Friday, February 21 7:00 PM – Confirmation