A Journey for the Family
A First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion preparation program meant to bring the whole family into the experience.
Dedicating 6 sessions for the child preparing for their Sacraments and 6 separate but complementary sessions for parents and caregivers.
Each session can be completed in 20 - 30 minutes.
ALREADY ENROLLED AT A PARISH?
Your parish would have sent us an email address to setup an account for you. Check your junk box! Then setup your password. Do not create a new account. Once you have setup your password, you can login below for future logins.
VIRTUAL FIRST RECONCILIATION &
FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION
We are striving to give parishes and families the opportunity to prepare for these Sacraments together. We truly feel that this journey could be an experience to bring the entire family together. With this, we have decided to put together a preparation program that aids in catechizing the child going through the program. Along with supporting the parents/caregivers with their own specific sessions. Our goal is to share testimonies, resources, words of encouragement for parents/caregivers so they can feel more confident in raising a child in the faith and feel supported by their church community. We all know that raising children is the most difficult and beautiful responsibility we have. Together, we can learn how to root ourselves in our beautiful faith.
Children and parents/caregivers will get an email with a prompt to click a link and set up their password. When they login, they will see “The Way” Program!
They will click on the Program Icon and have the program available and easily accessible!
The program is designed that children CANNOT move through to the next session, until they have completed the first program. Videos cannot be skipped or fast-forwarded.
Email us if you would like to see a sample of how the program works, with your very own login. We can walk you through the program sample as if you were in the real thing!
This is a video-based program. This can be done individually at home or in-person!
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM LOOK LIKE FOR CANDIDATES?
WHAT ARE PARENTS AND PARTICIPANTS SAYING?
"My kids truly enjoyed completing the program and looked forward to working on it together. The content was perfectly fitting for my children and prompted them to think and ask questions about our faith. As a parent, I found the overall nature of the program to be very welcoming and engaging and I appreciated that much of the content was directed towards the parents/caregivers. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all the testimonials and I loved how you introduced us to several priests from our own archdiocese. In fact, every person you featured in the course was captivating. My kids especially loved the two adventurers who began each session by sharing their mountain climbing experience! I say kids because the program was a family experience- even my 12 and 10 year old daughters watched most of the sessions with us, and my 6 year old daughter who completed the whole program with her brother last year, is super excited to be the one who gets to make her first communion this year! Thank you for sharing with us your insight, wisdom and faith!"
WHAT DOES THE WAY PROGRAM LOOK LIKE FOR LEADERS?
HopeStone desires to help you with many aspects of the Preparation Progress.
As a parish you have two options you can choose from to use this program Virtually.
1. You complete your parish registration for First Holy Communion & First Reconciliation.
Then send HopeStone the First name, Last name and an account email address per child. We will then send your families an email to set their password. They can begin immediately.
2. HopeStone can create you a parish landing page for Confirmation!
We will work with you to customize this page with your parish picture, video from the pastor, and any other text details you would like to share with your families.
On this landing page, families will be invited to register for YOUR Program.
YES! This is an online format to help families register virtually!
We can embed (place) your registration form right into the website page if you'd like.
This works with programs like GoogleForms.
As a parish you set a deadline for registration. After that date, we send your families their login email address.
Ask us to see a sample!
You can register for this program as early as December and begin using the program as early as the end of January.
Program begins with a welcome and prayer by His Eminence Cardinal Collins!
Children's Track Includes:
The Prayer: An opening prayer from a priest, welcoming children to the topic of the session.
The Talk: Taking children on a journey towards their Sacraments. Sharing all foundational Catechesis and teachings.
The Activity: A fun activity, discussion or craft that the children complete per session.
Parent/Caregiver's Track Includes:
The Talk: Reflecting and going deeper into the Catechesis done for the child - geared towards encouraging the parents/caregivers.
The Testimony: A variety of personal testimonies to inspire and support parents/caregivers.
The Time: An activity that we are recommending that the family does with their child. To reinforce the topics discussed in the sessions. Offering suggestions for creating family traditions and positive memories.
Session 1: "The Journey"
Session 2: "The Climb"
Session 3: "The Refresh"
Part 1: Reconciliation, forgiveness, mercy.
Part 2: Mock First Reconciliation
Part 3: Examination of Conscience
Session 4: "The Campsite"
Session 5: "The Trial"
Session 6: "The Summit"
Part 1: The celebration, the Eucharist, the Joy!
Part 2: Mock First Communion
Part 3: Church Tour
Our sin, His Grace, our Saviour.
God's creation, our gifts, our journey.
Our hunger, nourishment, refueling.
The supper, the sacrifice, the rising.
First 3 Sessions cover First Reconciliation
Last 3 Sessions cover First Communion
HopeStone will export, then email the leader - child progress reports.
You can arrange small groups Virtually to discuss questions or sessions.
HopeStone will export, then email the leader - files of all children's submitted information.
LET'S GET STARTED
When you register your Parish, choose if you will send HopeStone a file with family details. OR if you would like a parish landing page.
Your Parish Leader sends this online registration link to families and we provide a copy of all registrants for easy import into Parish Tools.
Each family receives access to THE WAY program via email and creates their own password.
PLUS: PARISH LEADERS CAN MONITOR FAMILY PROGRESS
Parish Leader Guide
Small Group Leader Guide
Personalized Parish Online Registration Page
Engaging and Professional Video-Based Program
Access to Monitor Individual families Progress
Printable Activity Booklet
Ongoing Technical Support
PARISH ACCOUNTS INCLUDE:
+ $19 per family
(For 6 months access,
option to extend)
(For 6 months access,
option to extend)
NOT ASSOCIATED TO PARISH
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to download any software for this program?
Not at all. We run on a web-based platform.
How do I know the families are finished the sessions?
The children cannot skip through any of the sessions. The video must be viewed completely to proceed to the next sessions. Also, after each video, we have placed a few questions to ensure they were paying attention.
What is the difference between you and other programs?
Great question! We are all on the same team, trying to bring Glory to God! If there is a program that works for you. That's amazing! We have committed ourselves to developing a program geared towards the essentials of First Communion and First Reconciliation. We dig deep into the meaning, into the linear line of of our faith.
Do you offer refunds?
Unfortunately, because this is web-based program, refunds are not possible.
Do you offer discounts for parishes?
Contact us directly to inquire for larger groups.
How long does this program take?
This program length is completely up to you. You let us know and we can set the program up to release videos on a times release, or all together so families can go at their own pace with a completion date.
Can we run a small group?
Yes, absolutely! Leaders can set a specific time and candidates can meet online through a platform of their choice!