General information

Preparation for First Communion

Good Shepherd's offers an intense, well thought out program for preparing children to recieve the Holy Eucharist. We try to meet the needs of families who have a demanding schedule or who might be living in Switzerland for a short time. Our preparation is a nine month course, with classes being held on Wednesday afternoons from 16:00-17:00. 

All classes take place during the school year with the exception of school vacations. You can find the class schedule here

If you are interested please complete the registration form and return to us. Click here to download the form.

First Communion will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 17:00.

ICHTYS

The Greek word for fish is ICHTYS (IXNYy in Greek letters) represents the phrase "Jesus Christ God's Son is Savior". During Jesus' ministry, fishing was a main source of income for many people. Fish was a main staple of their diet. In the bible there are many stories related to fish, the most popular being the Feeding of the 5'000. The first disciples whom Jesus called were fishermen. In the first century, early Christians were often persucuted because of their faith. As a result, they lived in fear. When one Christian would encounter a fellow Christian they would draw the first half of the fish in the sand. If the other person completed the fish they knew they had encountered a follower of Jesus.

We have a project for the children to do at home, either alone or with their parents. We will provide each child with a professionally cut, thin wooden fish which the children can decorate however they want. The style of these fish are similiar to the wooden baptismal doves which hang in the middle of the church. Details will come later. 

Administration

Our parish secretary, Corinne Jucker, needs to have a copy of your child’s Baptism certificate. It does not need to be a new issue. You can send it electronically, by post or personally give it to us. The copy must be readable. If it is not, it’s helpful if you can attach a note stating where the baptism took place.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at any time. hello@good-shepherds.ch