First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Second grade is a pivotal time in the formation of the children in Christ, particularly with the preparations made prior to reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The children begin the year with foundational teachings of the Church’s doctrines. The children study and learn about the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, the divinity and humanity of Christ, as well as the implications these mysteries have on their lives.
The majority of the school year is spent preparing the children’s hearts and souls for a deeper relationship with Christ. Immediate preparations for the Sacrament of Reconciliation include studying the Ten Commandments and discussions to form the children’s consciences. Students are also exposed to the Scripture accounts which particularly manifest Christ’s forgiveness and mercy.
The climax of the second grade year is the reception of First Holy Communion. The children prepare their hearts to receive Jesus for the first time especially through prayer. They are guided to a deeper understanding of Christ’s true Presence in the Blessed Sacrament by attending school Mass
weekly and learning about the Mass. In addition, the children see and interact with parish priests who assist them in deepening their knowledge and understanding of the faith.
All eighth grade students at St. Croix Catholic School study the seven Sacraments to understand their purpose and effect in our lives. They will have a firm grasp of how Our Lord instituted each of the Sacraments, found in Scripture and reaffirmed in teaching of the Church. As part of the study of the Sacrament of Confirmation, the students will spend time with how each of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit is active in their life; how they can explain and defend the faith in the public square; and how to truly be a “soldier for Christ”.
Throughout the three years of religion at SCCS Middle School, the students receive a firm foundation in the virtues – both what they are and the practice of how to live out particular ones in our lives. The model of the saints not only inspires, but also provides the support of prayer from those who have gone before us to “fight the good fight.” This virtuous living is the foundation for God’s grace to build in our lives. In addition, in these three years of Middle School, the students are being introduced into concrete ways to form personal habits of prayer, in order to build their personal relationship with Jesus, the One Whom they will be following more intimately in the years subsequent their Confirmation. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnepolis, most parishes (including St. Michael's, St. Mary's, and St. Charles') prepare students during 9th grade for the sacrament of Confirmation. St. Croix Catholic 8th grade graduates are well prepared to access this sacramental prep year, and often surface as strong leaders among their peers.