PHONE: 973-379-3912 ~ FAX: 973-379-5356
50 SHORT HILLS AVE. SHORT HILLS, NJ 07078

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

First Eucharist/First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of First Eucharist and Reconciliation
 St. Rose of Lima is happy to welcome your interest in the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation for your child.



Faith Formation Office: 973-379-3912

Faith Formation K-6th Grade:

Jen Engelbart

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Register for Faith Formation 2023-2024:
Rosemarie Sabatella

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Registration Instructions
Faith Formation Program Details & Registration Instructions


Calendar 2023 - 2024
Faith Formation 2023-2024 Calendar 

Important Dates

Christmas Day, Mon Dec 25, 2023
Mass only – NO CLOW or Lessons after Mass.

New Years Day, Mon Jan 1, 2024
Mass only – NO CLOW or Lessons after Mass.

President’s Weekend, Sun Feb. 18th (President's Day Mon Feb 19)
CLOW and Mass only - NO Lessons after Mass.

Ash Wednesday
, February 14, 2024
All should receive ashes on this day.

First Reconciliation dates
Please see calendar.

Easter Sunday, March 31
Mass only - No CLOW or Lessons after Mass.


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Candidates for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion are typically 7 years of age or older. All children must be baptized prior to receiving
First Reconciliation and First Communion.

First Reconciliation preparation focuses on helping the children appreciate that
God loves them and is always ready to forgive them. First Communion preparation draws the children into a fuller and more active participation in the life of the
Church. Through hands-on activities, being part of a community, praying with
others and attending Mass children continue learn of the importance of God as
they come to the Table for the first time.

Jesus Day is the final exciting step prior to First Communion. The children and parents gather to create their Communion Banners and family breakfast. Their banners are proudly displayed on their family pew the day of their Communion.FF18

First Reconciliation Dates
February 24, 2024
February 26, 2024

First Communion Dates
April 14 - 28, 2024
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2nd Grade Sessions
October 8, 2023
October 22, 2023
October 29, 2023
November 12, 2023
November 26, 2023
December 10, 2023FF22
January 14, 2024
January 28, 2024
February 11, 2024
February 25, 2024
March 10, 2024
March 17, 2024
April 7, 2024 - Jesus Day Breakfast, following final session


St. Rose of Lima Faith Formation Program is a restructured program that will be Family Based, centering around the weekly Sunday 9:30 AM. Mass is the first level of Catechesis and the best way to engage families back to the love of God by sharing in the Eucharist at Mass. Therefore, families are encouraged to participate in weekly Sunday Mass and be involved in teaching the faith to their children through this program.

Every Sunday, Kindergarten through 3rd graders will participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) program that meets in Ryan Hall at 9:30 AM while parents are at Mass in Church. Children will then reunite with their family in Church during the Presentation of the Gifts during Mass.

Once a month, 1st through 3rd graders will remain in Ryan Hall after CLOW ends for their grade specific lesson for additional 30 mins. This includes those students that need sacramental preparation for their First Reconciliation or First Eucharist.



 

 

 

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