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Hello Guardians and Students,
Welcome to your virtual 1st Communion Retreat. Thank you for joining us. It is our prayer that both guardians and children will enjoy this approximately 40 minute event that contains a game, 2 fun songs, and 3 age appropriate and brief talks. As it allows the opportunity for both parents and students to come to a greater understanding of the Eucharist and a deeper relationship with God and the Catholic Church.
Scroll Down and Enjoy Your Retreat!
Though it is best to enjoy this retreat as one full event, it was recorded as 6 short videos, so that if needed, you may watch a portion and continue later, or watch any part again if you choose. PLEASE SAVE THE LINK THAT YOU WERE PROVIDED. IF YOU CLOSE YOUR BROWSER YOU WILL NEED IT TO ACCESS THE RETREAT AGAIN.
Lastly, during the final talk of the retreat, parents (with children) are encouraged to mimic the setting of the table shown by John Paul. A list of items for this activity is below so that you can have them prepared before the event starts.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE IS NEEDED! as candles are suggested. We would not want any children lighting candles without adult supervision.
Can you win the game "Jesus Says"? Have fun but beware. John Paul can be very tricky.
Join John Paul by singing, shouting, clapping, and dancing (with special hand motions) to this song originally recorded by the band Audio Adrenaline.
Enter the church with John Paul and be prepared to shout out your answers as he asks the question: Who is the Eucharist? How do we know? & Where do we find these answers?
Sing along with John Paul to "Shine Upon Me" and enjoy watching the fun Bitmoji parade of praise.
Listen, laugh, and watch closely as John Paul shares the story of Moses and the Israelites illustrating how God wants to take care of us through the Sacraments of the Church.
During this talk Guardians and Children are encouraged to mimic the setting of a table to prepare for a special guest who would be coming to dinner at their house. As the table is set a personal altar is formed which is used to close the retreat in prayer.