Holy Trinity Parish offers a sacramental preparation program that draws from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This preparation offers the same quiet, meditative atmosphere experienced in the atrium. This preparation takes the place of other parish sacrament preparations for children and their families who choose it. Any child enrolled in a Level II CGS class is eligible to participate in the CGS Sacraments preparation.
What does this CGS sacrament preparation look like?
Five evenings of meditations will occur during Lent, leading up to the children’s first reconciliation and Eucharist. These meditations are done in two groups, children meeting in one group, their parents meeting in another, both reflecting on the same parables. A catechist will help guide the meditations. The meditations will center around the True Vine, the Found Coin, the Found Sheep, the Healing of the Centurion’s Servant, and the Prodigal Son.
After Easter, children will enter into a focused retreat time during which the sacraments will be further prepared for and celebrated. The retreat will be held on the Holy Trinity campus Thursday – Sunday, from morning to mid-afternoon each day. During this retreat, the children will prepare for Reconciliation and First Eucharist in a reflective manner through atrium works they have used before in their CGS sessions. They will also practice with catechists how to receive these sacraments. They will also help plan and attend mass and read scripture.
On Saturday, the children will celebrate their first Reconciliation and renew their baptismal promises with their families. On Sunday, the children will receive their first Eucharist with their families and the Holy Trinity parish community at one of the Sunday masses. Following this, the children and their families will enjoy a brief reception, children will share some of what they have worked on in their retreat time, and will enter back into retreat until the afternoon, allowing them to savor the experience of receiving Jesus for the first time.