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 2017-2018:

September 16, 2017
November 18, 2017
January 20, 2018
March 17, 2018
May 19, 2018
July 21, 2018 

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

Baptism 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. The child must be enrolled in one of the formation options offered at St Mark (Catechist option, Home Study or Family Model) or attending Catholic School. For those attending Catholic School, preparation for and reception of the two Sacraments should be conducted at St Mark.

The Sacramental formation process begins with preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This portion of the formation is normally conducted in two Sunday sessions for both parent and children. 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.You can register for Preparation Sessions HERE or contact our Religious Formation Office if you need more information.

Preparation sessions are as follows:

Reconciliation Parent-child session 1: March 4, 2018

Reconciliation Parent-child session 2: March 11, 2018

Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: March 17, 2018 at 10 a.m.

First Eucharist Parent-child session 1: April 22, 2018

First Eucharist Parent-child session 2: April 29, 2018

Celebration of First Communion: May 6, 2018

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.

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.