Sacramental Preparation

 

 

Sacramental Preparation

 


Baptism: Parent formation is conducted for parents who desire to have their infant / child (6 years or younger) baptized. Formation sessions are scheduled for one Saturday from 9:00am to 11am. Please contact the Religious Formation office at 479-9897 or by Email to schedule a spot for the formation session.

Parent Formation Sessions for 2018-2019:

September 22, 2018
November 10, 2018
January 19, 2019
March 16, 2019
May 18, 2019
July 20, 2019 


Baptism Godparent / Sponsor requirements and Godparent/Sponsor Attestation Form - CLICK HERE

Note: After completing the formation session please contact the parish office secretary at 479-1010, to schedule the date and Mass for your child's Baptism .

Baptisms take place at all Masses on the first full weekend of each month except during Advent and Lent.

 

First Reconciliation and Eucharist: Normally conducted in 2nd grade for children whose parents have discerned that they are ready to participate in Mass and receive the Eucharist.

Parents know that their child is ready to begin preparation when:

The child has been baptized and reached the age of reason (7 years old)
• When the child knows the difference between right and wrong
• When the child can distinguish between mistakes or accidents and deliberate wrong doing
• The child can express sorrow for sin
• The child knows how to forgive others
• The child prays at home
• The child participates in Mass
• The child can understand Jesus is the one who forgives
• The child shows interest in receiving Holy Communion
• The child has a sense of belonging to the Catholic community
• The child can understand that Jesus loves and cares for him or her
• The child understand that he or she is to care for others.

For those attending Catholic School, the diocesan requirement is that preparation for and reception of the two Sacraments be conducted at their home parish. If the child does not attend Catholic School they must be attending Religious Formation. Registration for this year is now CLOSED.

The Sacramental formation for both Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will be in a retreat format. The retreats will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include a snack but not lunch. Parents and children must both attend the retreats. First Reconciliation is conducted on a Saturday morning in Lent. For more information contact our Religious Formation Office.

Important Dates for First Reconciliation and First Communion:

Reconciliation Parent-child session 1: October 12, 2019
Reconciliation Parent-child session 2: November 16, 2019
Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: April 4, 2020
First Eucharist Parent-child session 1: March 28, 2019
First Eucharist Parent-child session 2: April 25, 2019
Celebration of First Communion: May 17, 2020

 

Confirmation Preparation for Adults: Any adults desiring to receive this final sacrament of initiation, please contact Deacon Mike Johnson at 479-1010 or by Email .


Confirmation Preparation for Young People (teens in 10th grade and above). They must be participating in our Teen formation program or attend Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School.

Confirmation Sponsor Requirement and Sponsor Attestation Form - CLICK HERE


Marriage Preparation: Marriage is a special Sacrament between a husband and wife who enter an intimate and exclusive partnership as baptized christians and intend to permanently be united by their total, and unconditional love.

Those couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage need to allow 6 months for the planning process. They should be registered members of the parish and should contact the parish office at 757-479-1010 to make an appointment with the pastor before establishing a wedding date.