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 for those children “of the age of reason” (age 7 and above) who are discerned by their parents to be ready participate in Mass and receive the Eucharist. For those attending Catholic School, the diocesan requirement is that preparation for and reception of the two Sacraments be conducted at Saint Mark. Registration and participation in Religious Formation is required by both Catholic and non-Catholic school children. Once a child is registered for Religious Formation the parent will receive information regarding Sacramental Preparation. You may register online HERE

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 3:00 p.m. and will include lunch. Participation in the sessions is mandated for both the child and the parent. First Reconciliation is conducted on a Saturday morning usually in February. The preparation sessions continue for First Eucharist, which includes two Sunday sessions for both parent and children. For more information or to register for Preparation Sessions stop by the Welcome Table located in the Commons after weekend Mass or contacting our Religious Formation Office.

Preparation sessions are as follows:

Reconciliation Parent-child session 1: October 13, 2018

Reconciliation Parent-child session 2: November 3, 2018

Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: February TBD

First Eucharist Parent-child session 1: April 6, 2019

First Eucharist Parent-child session 2: April 27, 2019

Celebration of First Communion: May 19, 2019

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.