Sacrament of the Eucharist

Holy Eucharist completes the sacraments of Christian Initiation. it commemorates the the last supper of Jesus with his disciples before his passion and resurrection.

Religious Education students are prepared to celebrate the sacraments of Penance (confession) and First Holy Communion in Grade 2.  However, if for any reason a child was unable to celebrate the sacraments at this particular time, sacramental preparation and celebration will be provided to all children who are beyond this grade level.

Policy Concerning the Reception of the Sacraments

Children are to be enrolled in religious education classes the year prior to the year of sacramental reception as a norm.  This means if a child is to receive communion in Grade 2, they are to be enrolled in Grade 1.  The same holds true for the other sacraments.  Parents must show proof of the child’s baptism and other sacraments that have been received.

Baptismal Certificate

If a child has celebrated the sacrament of Baptism at St. Ita Parish, we have his/her baptismal certificate on file.  If a child was baptized elsewhere, you will need to provide us with a copy of the baptismal certificate. 

Parent Meetings

Parents Meetings are conducted for the benefit of those parents whose child is being prepared for the reception of a sacrament.  Parent Meetings will take place in Jubilee Hall and are scheduled to last approximately one hour.  (Parent attendance at all scheduled Parent Meetings is mandatory.) The dates for Parent Meetings are listed on the Religious Education Calendar.

Registration

All students must be registered in the Religious Education Program and must have a completed registration form on file in the Religious Education Office.  Pathways to registration include the following:  (1) you may call 773-561-5343 and leave complete mailing information; (2) you may pick up registration forms in the back of Church or at the Rectory.

Attendance

All students are to be regular and punctual in attendance. If a child misses classes frequently without a valid reason, the pastor and the catechist will ask to meet with the parents to address the issue.  In addition, children are expected to attend both Sunday Liturgy and classes on a consistent basis.  This is the only way they will be able to connect and comprehend the material(s) presented in class.

Parking

There is limited parking in the lot on the north side of the Church building.