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ENCOUNTER Communion Prep

ENCOUNTER provides families and children with sacramental preparation experiences for 1st Communion that aims to prepare children and their families for the momentous encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist.

Incorporating our 3 Goals, Knowing [being informed through hands-on learning], Growing [being formed through faith experiences], and Living [being transformed through faith in action], ENCOUNTER offers families the opportunities to learn, understand, and participate in the sacrament with open and ready hearts.

Scroll down to learn more about the components of the ENCOUNTER program.

  • Why have Faith Formation Programs on Sundays?
    The main Faith Formation programs are scheduled on Sundays to facilitate families being able to attend Mass. Mass is the "source and summit" of our Catholic faith and any faith formation is impossible without it. Additionally, on the faith formation survey more families indicated that they preferred once a month programs on Sundays over weekdays.
  • My child’s name or grade is incorrect. How can I update it?
    You can log in to your Church Center account on the web or on the app and update your profile and those in your family’s as well.
  • What in addition to ENCOUNTER sessions is required for Communion Prep?
    All that is required other than the monthly session are the following: PREREQUISITES: - Registered with the Parish - Actively participating in the life of the Parish EVENTS: - First Penance Service - Communion Retreat - Participating in Accompany Nights - Parent participation in 2 parent meetings during the year - First Communion Ceremony Rehearsal
  • How can I sign my child up for Communion Prep if they are in a grade above 2nd grade?
    If your child is in grades 3-5 and needs 1st Communion, please contact ff@stteresaavila.org to be registered for First Communion Preparation and discuss the options for age appropriate preparation.
  • What do I do if I know we can not attend all of the faith formation sessions that I am registered for?
    If you cannot attend all the sessions in your selected group, please email ff@stteresaavila.org as soon as possible to discuss alternative options.
  • My child is in middle school. When do they begin the Confirmation Prep program?
    Confirmation preparation will be a one year, interactive program open to those at least entering the 9th grade, where candidates will prepare during the winter of their freshmen year and be confirmed in the Fall of the 10th grade year [late September]. Families seeking Confirmation for their teens are asked to be registered parishioners and active in the life of the Parish, as Confirmation means a full initiation into the active life within the Church.
  • Why have the Confirmation Prep program be one year, open to those in the 9th Grade?"
    Being confirmed is a gift and an important step on the faith journey, one which we want to support and ensure that students have discerned and are ready to make. Allowing middle-schoolers to complete the middle school Faith Formation program first allows them to be invested in as middle-schoolers and finish forming a foundation during their middle school years before entering a more formal sacramental preparation process. The benefits of sacramental preparation in high school is that high-schoolers tend to have a higher capacity to grasp the meaning of the sacrament and its responsibilities. It is the natural season of maturing when they are preparing for adulthood in general. In this way, the Church can better accompany them during this life transition, helping them see both joys and challenges through the lens of an important sacrament that strengthens them. 9th grade and Confirmation correlate in that they are both times of beginning anew, as Confirmation is not "graduation" from the lived experience of faith. Additionally, on the faith formation survey, more families indicated that they preferred a one year program in the 9th grade.
  • My child has special needs. What can I do if the Faith Formation programs are not a functional environment for my child?
    If your child has special needs and you believe that they will need more individualized attention, we do have other opportunities available and would be glad to work to accompany your family's faith formation journey. Please contact ff@stteresaavila.org for more information.

Important to Note

  • 1st Communion programming is currently set to begin in September 2023.     

  • Per Canon Law and Archdiocesan rules, the celebration of all Sacraments, including Reconciliation and Communion, must be done in-person and cannot be received virtually. 

  •  All candidates for First Communion must be baptized, or scheduled to be baptized before they can receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion in the Spring.

ENCOUNTER Sessions 2023-2024

Track A Dates
 

September 24, 2023

October 08, 2023

October 22, 2023

November 05, 2023
December 10, 2023
January 07, 2024
February 04, 2024

March 03, 2024
April 14, 2024


*Please note that dates are subject to change in case of weather or parish events

Track B Dates
 

September 24, 2023

October 15, 2023

October 29, 2023

November 12, 2023
December 17, 2023
January 21, 2024
February 11, 2024

March 10, 2024
April 21, 2024

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Please note that dates are subject to change in case of weather or parish events

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