Sacramental Preparation

As Catholics, we know that the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith: it is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pope Francis has called it the “Sacrament of Love”:

“The Eucharist is at the heart of ‘Christian initiation’, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, flows every authentic journey of faith, of communion, and of witness.”

For children who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion, this is a big deal. And for all of us, no matter how many times we have received Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, it should always be a big deal.

What makes it so special the first time is the same thing that makes it special every time! Jesus comes to us in a unique way in the Eucharist. When He comes, we receive Him into our body and our soul. This is very beautiful, personal, and intimate. We should not take it for granted!

Your child will be receiving Jesus in this special and beautiful way this year and there are several important dates/events leading up to this special day. Please carefully read all the information on this page and don’t hesitate to reach out to Christie McGee if you have any questions.

S J N  &  S G C S   M A N D A T O R Y   E V E N T S

Parent Informational Meeting

October 17 @ 10:00am OR October 18 @ 7:00pm  – Holy Family Center

Make Up Session: November 15 @ 6:30pm – Holy Family Center


Sacrament of Reconciliation

All SJN Students and All St Gabriel’s Students

              Rehearsal – Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 6:00pm

              First Reconciliation – Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sunday 8:55am (Hugo & Maya Diaz, Emily Bien & Laura Verrett)

             Rehearsal – Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:00pm

             First Communion Mass – Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 9:00am

Sunday 10:15am (Laura Stoner & Hector Torres) & Tuesday 4pm (Mary Ann Kuhlmann)

             Rehearsal – Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 6:00pm

             First Communion Mass – Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 9:00am

SGCS (Lydia Lowery & Donia Crouch) & Wednesday 4pm  (Jennifer Craig)

             Rehearsal – Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 6:00pm

             First Communion Mass – Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 11:30am 


F A M I L Y   B A N N E R

Mandatory for SJN Faith Formation Students/Optional for SGCS

Banners are due to the Religious Education office no later than Monday, April 9, 2018. They will be hung in the Narthex beginning the following week and you may pick them up the week of May 7, 2018.


D A Y   R E T R E A T S

Mandatory for SJN Faith Formation Students/Optional for SGCS

“My Church” Day Retreat—Saturday, January 20

This day is a time for the child and their parents to explore our church building through a  scavenger hunt & interactive stations. We will begin in Morris Hall with a group activity at 9am and we will conclude at 12noon. ($5 for SGCS students)

Rosary Workshop—Sunday, February 4

This Super Bowl Sunday workshop is a standing tradition at SJN and has always been well attended. Mary Johnson coordinates this afternoon where students will design and make their own rosary.  ($20 for SGCS students)

“My Faith” Day Retreat—Saturday, February 24

This day is a time for the child and their parents (and siblings if desired) to explore our faith through games, crafts & other activities. We will begin in Morris Hall at 9am and end at 12noon. ($5 for SGCS students)

Chalice Workshop—Saturday, April 7

SJN partners with Ceramics Bayou for a unique opportunity for the students to design and paint a ceramic chalice. Ceramics Bayou will glaze and fire the chalice and return it to SJN before First Communion. You will be able to pick it up in the Religious Education office during the week of April 23rd or in Morris Hall on the day of your First Communion. ($25 for SGCS students)

Check out our calendar OF UPCOMING EVENTS!