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Rite of Christian Initiation

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Sacramental Preparation

What is Sacramental Preparation?

The preparation by the Church along with the family to guide a child or teen to grow deeper in their faith and grow closer to Christ by receiving the grace of a Sacrament or Sacraments.

The varying programs we offer are:

 

First Reconciliation Prep

A baptized child/teen must be 7 or older to prepare to receive their first reconciliation (confession). One year of religious education is required before the year they receive, and child/teen should continue a second year of religious education while they are preparing for this sacrament. Classes are held on 4 Wednesday evenings in the fall and one of the parent information sessions should be attended in order to sign a child up. Some parent preparation is also required at home. A First Reconciliation service is held typically the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving weekend. A small book fee is charged.

 

First Communion Prep

A child/teen should have completed First Reconciliation prep in the fall. This is the second part of the preparation. Classes meet 4 Wednesdays in late Feb-mid March with another parent session to be attended. Some preparation is expected at home, as well as an additional interview and retreat for this sacrament preparation. Another minimal fee is charged for books and supplies.

 

CHICCA

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children of Catechetical. Assists children (ages 7-17) who have not been baptized or have been baptized in other Christian denominations but wish to enter the Roman Catholic Church.  It is a 2-year program, with both years requiring good attendance in our Religious Education programs. In addition, the second year also includes a class that helps children and teens learn more about the Catholic Church and deepen their own faith. All sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are received at the Easter Vigil or during the Easter season. CHICCA classes meet 2 Saturday evenings a month (6:30-8:15) Oct-May. 

 

**Team members are always welcome in helping to prepare our elementary, middle and high schooler's for these beautiful sacraments. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus!!!**

RCIA/RICA(in Spanish)

Assists adults (18 years old and older) who are not baptized, who have been baptized in other Christian denominations, and who have been baptized Catholic but are unfamiliar with the Catholic faith.  The process begins each fall, and includes weekly sessions on Tuesdays that include instruction, prayer and scripture study, retreats, blessings and prayer experiences.  Candidates are received into the Church with Sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Team members are needed in a number of roles, including catechists, hospitality providers and prayer leaders. Training is available. Sponsors are needed to accompany candidates through the process as resources and representatives of the parish. Sponsors should be fully initiated (Confirmed), practicing Catholics in good standing in the Church. 

Chosen (Confirmation)

The youth religious formation and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation during the school year and in parallel to the LifeTeen program.

Sacramental Preparation Requirements

If you would like your child to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and/or Communion, please register your child for Religious Education classes by Sept. 30th. In order to be eligible for reception of these Sacraments…

  • your child must be baptized Catholic and at least 7 years-old

  • the Religious Education office must receive proof of the child’s Catholic baptism.

    • if baptized at Blessed Sacrament please provide a copy of the baptismal certificate or the date on which they were baptized

    • if baptized elsewhere, obtain a copy of the Catholic Baptismal Certificate.  If you do not have the certificate, please contact the baptismal church and request a copy. If you have difficulty locating an address or phone number, please ask us for assistance.

   *If they were not baptized Catholic please contact the office and let us 

     know so we can make appropriate accommodations

  • must be currently enrolled and attending Religious Education classes for a second year (or enrolled in the Homeschool program)

  • should be regularly attending weekend Mass

  • your child must attend Wednesday evening classes (4 in the fall and 4 in the spring). One of these evenings is family night and one parent must attend with child.

  • a retreat and First Communion interview must also be completed before First Communion is received

 

SPECIAL SACRAMENT NEEDS (CHICCA):

Children 7 years and older who have not been baptized Catholic must attend regular Religious Education classes or and enroll additionally in the CHICCA program