Preparation for First Communion
Save the date: Saturday, May 30, 2020
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 during the week. For the 2019/2020 school year we will offer two classes. One on Wednesday from 16:15-17:00 and a second class on Thursday from 16:15-17:00. You can complete the registration form and return to us. All classes will take place during the school year with the exception of school vacations.
Children will make their First Communion on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
First Communion Pass
Due to the nature of our course, we insist that parents work with us by taking over a part of the preparation. The main focus is on the structure of the Mass, the prayers and what it means to meet Jesus in the Eucharist. Mass attendance is mandatory. For this reason we offer a Family Mass twice a month during the school year up until the First Communion in May. You will find the schedule here after the summer break. The children will recieve a "First Communion Pass" at the time of class registration. We insist that children attend our Mass at least 12 times during the school year. This is the only way that the children can become familiar with our church, the structure of the Mass and what Eucharist means.
The First Communion Pass is a helpful tool for families in tracking attendance. One of us sign the Pass after each Mass or in class the following week. This is in no way meant to be a control or monitor. We began the “First Communion Pass” four years ago as a trial and the response was very positive plus the children had fun with it. If you have any questions or objections regarding the Pass, let’s talk about it.
As we have done in past years, the children (together with parents if they wish) will design and make glass crosses under the guidance of Lilian Bumbacher from glasKlar in Baar and the Old Town of Zug. These crosses will hang in the Church from Easter Monday until the week after First Communion at which time the children may take them home. When asked what their favorite part of the First Communion preparation was, children often say that second to receiving the Eucharist, it was making their cross.
(Dates to be announced)
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.
Taking pictures in the Church during Mass is a distraction. For this
reason, we have hired a photographer who is allowed to move freely
during the First Communion. He will also take pictures before and
following Mass of each child and together with families. The cost of the
photo CD is Fr. 30.00. Kindly let us know if you will be purchasing the
CD. This may be paid shortly before the First Communion.
Fr. Urs places great importance on his family ministry. In the weekly Catechism classes, Karen and Shannon get to know the children and parents; however Father only sees the families shortly after Mass or at Fellowship Sunday. For this reason, he likes to visit the families in their home for dinner. Please find a date (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings) when you can invite him. He is very uncomplicated, a fun guest and he brings a nice gift for the children. Fr. Urs’ evenings are quickly booked, so the earlier you find a date the better.
We look forward to working with you and your children in our First Communion program. We look forward to them joining us at the Table of The Lord on Saturday, May 30, 2020!