First Communion & First Confession/Reconciliation for Children
Children are welcomed to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist beginning in their second grade year in school. Preparation takes place during Religion Classes at St. Monica School or in Sunday Morning Religious Education classes. Before beginning preparation for either of these Sacraments, the children must already have completed a full year of religious education in either the School or Sunday School. If a child has already entered the second grade - or is in grades 3 through 8 - but has not yet had any formal religious education, they will need to contact our Director of Religious Education for help in getting into the group that is right for them.
Both of these Sacraments are occasions for joy - not just for the child's family, but for the entire Church. We celebrate with great joy these times of grace in the lives of children and their families!
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First Communion for Teens and Adults
Once a person has reached 14 years of age, preparation for First Communion or Confirmation takes place in the RCIA.
Get RCIA information here.
Daily Adoration & Special FAMILY ADORATION HOUR
One special way to grow more deeply in love with Jesus Christ, and to appreciate the Eucharist in new and deeper ways, is to make a regular HOLY HOUR. At St. Monica we have Eucharistic Adoration Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm.
On the third Wednesday of every month we have a special FAMILY HOLY HOUR from 8:00-9:00 pm. This Holy Hour includes quiet music a nd prayer. Middle school youth and teens especially appreciate this quiet, prayerful time. Consider bringing your children for this monthly Holy Hour.
Friday Afternoon Family HOLY HOUR with Confession
Every Friday afternoon of the School year - at dismissal time, which is also the hour of Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the cross, 3:00 pm - St. Monica offers an HOUR of Adoration with an opportunity for Confession. After a brief Liturgy of the Word, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues in silence while Confession is available. The Friday HOLY HOUR at St. Monica (when School is in session) is a wonderful way to grow closer together as a family, rooted in the love God has showered upon us in Jesus Christ.