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Sacrament Preparation

First Eucharist/First Reconciliation

Second graders enrolled in our program are preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. Consequently, the second grade year requires more preparation, participation and family involvement. Naturally, regular mass attendance is the primary component of faith formation. Participation in Generations of Faith events is required, as well as attendance at monthly classes, which meet on Wednesday afternoons, and a special First Eucharist retreat in March. Lastly, the students are given materials to complete at home, either in groups or in a one-on-one setting. Additional sacramental preparation material may also be provided if necessary. Contact: Ann Lahiff, Director of Faith Formation

Marriage Preparation

The candidates for marriage may not live here in the parish, but Sunday Mass is the sure foundation for good preparation and good living!  In the year before the wedding, the engaged couple will have several meetings with the pastor, attend and approved wedding retreat or workshop with other couples, and be encouraged to join in our GOF events.

Infant Baptism

The years of expectancy and waiting for birth or adoption are busy beyond measure, yet a grace-filled time when faith is transformed and deepened.  Sunday liturgy is the touchstone, and participation in the GOF events is a way of growing in faith and meeting other community members on a similar adventure.  Baptism is celebrated at a regular Sunday Mass, or in the afternoon  on the first Sunday of the month,  and parents are required to participate in a preparation session.  

Confirmation

The Confirmation Preparation program is open to all high school teenagers. Generally teens begin the program when they enter high school as freshman. Confirmation preparation is a two-year program with the reception of the Sacrament in the second year.

The most asked question regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually, “What is required of me?” First, and foremost is Sunday Liturgy! Those preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation participate at Mass each week. Confirmation Candidates must also register in our Generations of Faith program and attend the four learning festivals scheduled throughout the year. Ideally, candidates attend GOF sessions with at least one of their parents. There are also  Sunday morning meetings.

The community service component of the program is not about performing “X” amount of hours in order to be confirmed. Rather, performing community service prepares the candidate for a lifelong commitment to serving others in need. There are many opportunities in our parish, school communities, and neighborhoods to serve others. Each candidate is asked to serve at GOF sessions throughout the year. Contact: Ann Lahiff, Director of Faith Formation