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First Reconciliation

We offer a special First Reconciliation for our children!!  They may attend either  Saturday, January 16th or Saturday, January 30th.  Both services take place at 1:30 PM and our followed by a reception in the parish hall.

Parents, please watch for a parent meeting to take place prior this Sacrament.

 

Confirmation Dates

A Confirmation Retreat will be held in and is required for all Confirmation candidates on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, from 12:30-10:00 PM.

Confirmation Practice for the student and either their Sponsor or a parent will be held on the Sunday before Confirmation at 6:00 pm.

Confirmation is  Wednesday, March 16, 2016  at 7:00 p.m.  Students and sponsors will meet in the parish hall at 6:15.

FIRST
COMMUNION
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First Communion practice will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 AM. 

First Communion will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the 10:00 Mass. Children need to be here by 8:45 am for pictures.

Parents, watch for a parent meeting prior to celebration of this Sacrament.

         

Sacramental Preparation

 

Baptism: School age children who have not been baptized, and wish to be baptized, are required to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) Process. Parents should contact the Director of Religious Education for more information regarding this proces

Reconciliation:  Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in the second grade.  Parents of these students are expected to attend a parent meeting in order to best help their child prepare for the reception of this sacrament.  There will a special opportunity for these students to celebrate the sacrament for the first time.  Parents of older students who have not prepared for and celebrated the sacrament should contact the Director of Religious Education.

Eucharist:  Students are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist in the second grade.  Parents are expected to attend a Parent Meeting in order to best help their child to prepare for the reception of the sacrament.  Solemn First Communion will take place on the date specified in the spring of each year.  Any questions should be directed to the Director of Religious Education.


Confirmation:  Students in grade eight will be preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Bishop sets the date for this celebration yearly.  In addition to attending a retreat, writing a letter to the Bishop, and choosing a sponsor (a participating Catholic with whom they can discuss and share their faith), confirmation candidates are required to perform 10-15 hours of community service in preparation for receiving the sacrament.  Any questions should be directed to the Middle School Director of Religious Education.

Delayed Sacraments:  If your son/daughter has missed the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation, please contact the Office of Religious Education at 349-1763.  We will be able to schedule your child for the preparation and celebration of the needed sacrament.

 Please see below for this years dates.

The Graces of the Sacrament of the Eucharist

One with Christ.  The Eucharist nourishes the unity in the Body of Christ.

Spiritual food.  Sharing the Eucharist preserves, increases, and renews the Holy Spirit's life of grace within us.  It nourishes our communion with God and with one another.

Strength.  By frequently and regularly receiving the Eucharist, we are less inclined to give in to temptation and sin.

Forgiveness.   Receiving Holy Communion cleanses us from all sin except mortal sin.  If we are aware of having committed grave or mortal sin we must return to God's love and friendship in the sacrament of Reconciliation before we approach the Eucharistic table to receive Holy Communion.

Commitment to the Poor.  Jesus told his disciples to "love one another" (John 15:17).  If we receive the Bread of Life but ignore those who need bread to live, we dishonor Christ's friendship.

Everlasting Friendship.  The Eucharist is Christ's pledge of his friendship in this world and forever in the next.  He promises that one day all those who are faithful to God will see him and share in his glory.

From Faith First: Church and Sacraments, Legacy Edition by RCL