As I mentioned in a previous post, I was a speaker at the First Eucharist Parent Retreat Day. The children of our parish, like those in most Roman Catholic parishes, celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time during the spring of their second grade year. Our parish starts the formation and preparation process by dedicating a day to the parents for reflection and renewal. I have been a First Eucharist Catechist for two years now and it is such a beautiful and fulfilling ministry. Our team leader, Christa, is one of the calmest, most centered women I’ve known. Amazingly, she thinks I am helping her when, in reality, she’s helping me grow.
The Retreat was divided into three sessions: Memories, A Special Meal, and Commitment. My assignment was to prepare the Special Meal portion with an emphasis on domestic church, family meals as role model for Eucharist, and family preparation for Eucharist. The gentleman who presented the Memories talk was fabulous. He reminded us that our children’s first lessons are stories, told or read, while on our laps. He encouraged us to use not only Bible stories and picture books, but also our own life experiences – good or bad (as appropriate) – to help teach our children.
I'll be back tomorrow with my portion of the retreat. I am excited to share it with y'all. Maybe you'll learn something or maybe you'll be thankful I'm not teaching your children :)