Since parents are the primary educators of their children, St. Gertrude Church is thrilled to collaborate with parents in helping prepare children (generally in second grade) for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion.
During monthly one-hour group parent/child Sacramental Formation sessions during October–April, parents and children will hear Scripture, CGS presentations, and be given the practical knowledge needed to receive the two aforementioned sacraments. These times of catechesis and prayer will become sacred memories for you and your child.
Program Elements & 2023–2024 Session Times
If your child attends a public or private school that does not teach CGS, you need to register him or her for CGS Level 2 and Sacramental Formation. If your primary form of education is homeschooling, you need to register your child for Sacramental Formation; however, participation in CGS Level 2 is also encouraged!
Registration for 2023-2024 Sacramental Formation is now open. Parents and children will come together in small groups once a month November-April. Here are the session dates and times options. Please note: Some dates may be adjusted during the year.
- September 24, 2023 - Opening Session; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
- October 14, 2023 - Mass of Enrollment; 11:30 a.m.
- April 26-27, 2024 - Retreat at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
- Spring 2024 - First Reconciliation
- May 4, 2024 - First Communion
The cost of the program is $40/child.
Mary Beth Thiemann
Coordinator of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd