RE 2020 Summer FHC

2020 SUMMER FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES INFORMATION

Introduction

Hello, St. Andrew! I’m sorry for the long silence but as you know the situation here at church has been uncertain and changing over the last few weeks. As things have settled a bit, we’ve made decisions about First Holy Communion.

NOTE: The information on this webpage right now is FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FAMILIES ONLY. St. Andrew Catholic School plans to have its own First Holy Communion Mass later in August. The School will be in touch with its families as more plans are put into place.

STEPS TO GET TO FIRST COMMUNION

STEP 1:

Complete ALL online work (both Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 AND THEN the newly posted At Home Retreat) by Saturday, July 4 by clicking here.

STEP 2:

Sign up for your chosen FHC Mass at Noon on Monday, July 6. (Only those who have finished Step 1 will receive the link to sign up!)

STEP 3:

Bring your child to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (again) prior to your chosen FHC Mass.

STEP 4:

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION!

 

INFORMATION PACKET INFORMATION

Click here for all the information below in a document you can download/print.

Complete Schedule

Note: This list includes multiple options for both Banner Kit Pick Up and Reconciliation, but you need only choose one time to come pick up your Banner Kit and one time to bring your child for Reconciliation. Similarly you will choose one of the First Holy Communion Masses to attend. NOT ALL these dates need to be on your calendar!

Friday, June 19, 3:00 – 6:00 pm – Banner Kit Pick Up (pick one)

Sunday, June 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Banner Kit Pick Up (pick one)

Monday, June 22, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Banner Kit Pick Up (pick one)

Saturday, June 27 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Reconciliation (pick one)

Saturday, July 4 – Distance Lessons & Retreat DUE

Saturday, July 4 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Reconciliation (pick one)

Monday, July 6 – FHC Mass Sign Up Link Sent (ONLY To Families Who’ve Completed ALL Online Work)

Saturday, July 11 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Reconciliation (pick one)

Saturday, July 18, 11:30 am – Religious Education First Holy Communion Mass 1

Saturday, July 25 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Reconciliation (pick one)

Saturday, August 1, 11:30 am – Religious Education First Holy Communion Mass 2

 

Banner Kit Pick Up – Drive Up

Schedule (choose ONE of these to drive through)

  • Friday, June 19, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday, June 22, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Information

  • H. will be stationed just outside the Religious Education Office for the whole time listed
  • You can come anytime within the hours listed, no need for all to show up at the beginning.
  • Drive up to RE awning, carline style, and receive your kit without leaving your car.
  • H. will have a mask on and be happy to drop the kit into a back seat or trunk if you don’t want to touch it until you’ve wiped it down.
  • The kits were ordered months ago and have been in the RE Office since late March.
  • If none of these times work, contact the RE Office (239.574.2411) to arrange a pick up.

 

Reconciliation

Schedule (choose ONE of these to take place before FHC)

  • Saturday, June 27 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 4 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 11 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 18 – 9:30 - 10:30 am OR 7:00 – 8:00 pm

While all the candidates should have received their First Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation either last December or early March, it is appropriate given the time that has passed for ALL candidates to again receive the Sacrament before their First Holy Communion. Thus, we expect you to use one of the normal parish offerings of the Sacrament (listed above) to provide your child the chance to make a confession and receive Jesus’ mercy before receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. There is no need to notify us.

During this time of pandemic, parish Reconciliation is being offered in the quiet rooms and the main east entrance of church to allow for both social distancing between penitent and priest as well as privacy. When you arrive, you will need to join a line for your child to wait his/her turn to confess. If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, contact Mr. H. at [email protected].

 

Mass Sign Up

We will be using the website Sign Up Genius (www.signupgenius.com) to allow for first come first serve sign up for Mass preference. While you do not have to create an account with Sign Up Genius to sign up, it does make things faster and easier if you had one set up in advance.

The link to sign up for a Mass slot will be sent at 12:00pm on Monday, July 6, but only to those who have completed the two online distance lessons and the at home Retreat. If you do not complete these requirements, you will not receive the link and thus not be invited to sign up for a slot at a Mass.

Mass Dates Questions and Answers

What if our we’re not comfortable coming to Mass yet?

If after reading all the information below about the modifications and precautions we are taking you determine that it is not the right time for your family to return to public worship, we respect your choice and will support you in it. You can contact Mr. H. to discuss alternative scheduling for when you are ready to physically return to Mass. Email him at [email protected].

 

What if our candidate(s) for FHC are out of town for the summer or these dates don’t work?

If neither July 18 or August 1 works for your family, you can contact Mr. H. to discuss alternative scheduling, probably to take place later in the Fall. Email him at [email protected].

 

What if completing the online work is difficult due to lack of internet access or computers at home?

We do not want anyone’s lack of internet access or devices hinder them from this process. If you fall into this category, contact us immediately by calling our office at 239.574.2411 (or emailing Mr. H. at [email protected] if that’s preferred). We will set up time(s) for you to come to a meeting room and use our machines to complete the work.

 

What if we need a particular Mass date but it’s full by the time we try to sign up?

If you have real need to choose either July 18 or August 1 the Mass you need is full, contact Mr. H. immediately so he can see if there’s a family that would be willing to trade. Email him at [email protected].

 

Mass Information

No Separate Practice

Be in your assigned pew NO LATER THAN 11:00am to receive final instructions.

No Procession

Everyone will be in their pew at the beginning of Mass.

Pew Assignments

First Communion seating and first reception of the Sacrament are done by family. Every family is assigned a pew that is theirs to fill appropriately. Due to pandemic social distancing guidelines, we request that in addition to the First Communicant and the chosen two Trio adults (see below) your family pew only include those in your immediate household and one or two others who can be socially distant from your household. Our general Mass guideline right now is one person/couple per kneeler, allowing for six feet between those not in the same house. Thus, each pew generally should only have 6-8 people in them. (There will be overflow seating – with the same distance restrictions – in sections of the church as indicated by the map posted online and that will be handed out at the Masses.)

Communion Trios

At one end of the pew sits the First Communicant and two adults who make up that family’s 'Communion Trio.’  When it is time to receive First Holy Communion, the trio gets up and proceeds to the priest so that the two adults get to stand with the child witnessing their first reception before returning to their pew. After every Communion Trio process to the priest, the rest of the congregation will be invited to receive Communion like a normal Mass. More specific information about how this works will be given at 11:00 am prior to Mass.

Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer is available at all the entrances to church and all are encouraged to use it both upon entering and when leaving the church. Note: It will not be possible for the church to be sanitized between the Saturday 9:00 am Mass and the First Holy Communion 11:30 am Mass. Thus, appropriate caution, like minimizing touching the pews and your face, is advised. You are welcome to bring your own sanitizing wipes for your assigned pew.

Masks

Per CDC and Diocesan guidelines, it is expected that everyone wears a mask. The First Communicants will remove their mask just before the Trio leaves their pew and put it back on as soon as they return to their seat.

Music

While our Music Director and a Cantor (Mr. H. himself!) will be there to provide hymns, there will be NO singing by the congregation. (This is standard Mass practice at this time due to the risk singing poses in spreading the virus.)

Dress Code: Sunday Best

Boys: shirt and tie, dress slacks, jacket optional, no sneakers/sandals

Girls: dresses (traditionally white, or light color), veil optional, headband barrettes flowers in hair acceptable, shoes should have a back strap, no sneakers

NO Gloves and NO articles in the hand for reception

REMINDER: nothing in the mouth (gum or candy or snacks) in Church

 

Photos

Our shepherd, Fr. Eduardo Coll, does not want any photography or recording equipment used before the First Communion Mass begins. Children and their families and friends should be reverent, prayerfully preparing for the holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Furthermore, everyone needs to be in their pew ready NO LATER THAN 11:00 am to receive instructions.

During the Mass, from your place in the pew, you may use your camera, with no flash.

Also, know that we will have a professional photographer at the Mass who will be taking pictures before and throughout the Mass and the moment of First Holy Communion. He is also happy to take family pictures after the Mass.

The pictures of the moment of receiving Communion will be offered to you for free download from the photographer’s website. Any other images of the Mass (or of your family after Mass) will be available for purchase from the photographer’s website. Thus, we recommend that you not worry about pictures during Mass but be fully present to the celebration.

After Mass we encourage everyone to have patience and kindness in maintaining appropriate social distancing for this time of pandemic. While you may wish to take one or two pictures of the First Communicant in the Church after Mass, we strongly recommend that family groups head outside for group pictures. Remember, Christ is present in the tabernacle.  Please honor His presence with reverent behavior after Mass. And let’s work together in charity and generosity to patiently maintain social distance to keep everyone safer.