The Faith Formation Office helps prepare our parishioners who are 18 years and younger and their families for the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation and in some circumstances the RCIA. Sacraments are celebrated on a readiness, not grade level basis: the right time to celebrate a sacrament is when God calls us to celebrate it. A full year of participation in some form of religious education is required before entering into sacramental preparation. For information on sacramental preparation, call the Faith Formation Office.
The sacrament of Baptism is a joyful event, welcoming a new member into the Christian community. Families will participate in baptism preparation sessions, which may be arranged by contacting the Rectory Office.
Penance (reconciliation or confession) is the sacrament in which we celebrate God's mercy and forgiveness of our sins. Families will be invited to consider their child's readiness for this sacrament at the second, third, or fourth grade level. Children will be considered based on readiness in understanding the sacrament.
First Holy Communion
It is in the sacrament of Communion that we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. As with the sacrament of Penance, receiving First Holy Communion is based on the child's readiness for the sacrament. Families meet in February or March for an informational meeting, are given materials to work on as a family, set up individual conferences with the Faith Formation staff, and come together for a day of reflection with other families in this important process. First Holy Communion is celebrated in the month of May.
Confirmation is the sacrament in which the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way. Confirmation is celebrated based on the readiness of the individual. Families will be invited to consider their child's readiness. Preparation for this sacrament includes class attendance, a retreat, and participation in enrichment activities.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is a journey of faith. It is a process meant for unbaptized adults who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith, with the possibility of becoming a Catholic. It is for those baptized in another Christian tradition that want to know more about the Catholic Church. It is also for baptized Catholics who have had little formation and would like to prepare for First Communion and/or Confirmation. A modified form of the RCIA process is also open to children of suitable age. RCIA begins in the fall of each year and continues through the Easter season, with the sacraments of initiation conferred during the Easter Vigil. Participants attend a weekly RCIA session. Adults who are interested in this process should contact the Rectory Office. Families with children interested in this process should contact the Faith Formation Office.
The Church asks all couples planning for the sacrament of Marriage to attend one of the marriage preparation programs, Marriage Preparation or Engaged Encounter, offered throughout the Diocese. The purpose of the program is to provide the engaged couple with necessary input and content to stimulate discussion and sharing between the couple, and to help the couple assess their own readiness for marriage. The couple should make arrangements at least six months in advance of the wedding; this can be done by calling the Rectory.
Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament which extends the healing power of God to those who are sick.