First Penance (Sacrament of Reconciliation) and First Holy Communion

FIRST PENANCE (SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION) AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
Children usually receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) and First Holy Communion in the second grade.

All students in our program (grades 3 through 6) receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) once during the school term. We encourage the children to celebrate God's forgiveness at other times as well.

Likewise, all children who have made First Communion are strongly encouraged to receive the Eucharist every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.

Mass Journals - Each child is asked to keep a journal in which they answer the Question of the Week which comes from the Gospel read at Sunday Mass.  We ask that all religious ed. children to take a sticker with the question from church as they leave Mass, place it in their journal, and then write their answer.

Confirmation

The two year preparation for Confirmation is based on a Youth Ministry program. As per Diocesan policy, teens will celebrate Confirmation in the Spring of their 8th grade. Candidates for Confirmation are invited to our program based on attendance and participation in a Religious Education Program or Catholic School, and in the Liturgical life of the Church. Special classes, liturgies and parent sessions are a part of the program.  Our Confirmation Program takes place in 7th and 8th grades consecutively.

The following requirements are expected to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:

  • regular attendance and participation in programs and liturgies and retreats.
  • parental involvement and attendance
  • Mass Attendance and a Mass Journal
  • An Interview with a catechist
  • A Letter to the Pastor requesting the Sacrament
  • Service Projects (see program guidelines for details)

FOR ADULTS- All Sacramental instruction and preparation for adults takes place in our RCIA Process, (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).  Although classes start in September we receive candidates at any time during the year.  Even if you wish to learn more about the Catholic faith and are not sure if you are ready for the Sacraments, we invite you to contact the Parish Office so we can talk more about this very rewarding process. Inquiry is not a committment  Also there is more info regarding RCIA in the Faith Formation section of our web site or call extension 128.


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