SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

Published
February 18, 2015

Sacraments are joyous celebrations of a child’s deepening relationship with God and commitment to the Christian journey of faith.

The foundation of sacramental preparation is the conviction that parents, by word, example, and participation in the life of the Church, are the primary teachers in the faith formation of their children. We will assist and support you in this role.

To make sure that our youth have a better understanding of their faith, Bishop Salvatore Matano has revised sacramental policies for the Diocese of Rochester.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

These sacraments will ordinarily take place when a child is in second grade.

Candidates for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist must have attended regular religious education classes or Catholic school for the year preceding First Eucharist preparation. (In other words, the child was part of a formal first grade faith formation experience.)

Candidates older than second grade, must also have attended regular religious education classes or Catholic school for the year preceding preparation.

Celebration of First Reconciliation is to precede the celebration of First Eucharist.

At St. Charles Borromeo, First Reconciliation is celebrated in the fall and First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring. Registrations available by contacting the Christian Formation Office (see contact information below).

First Reconciliation: Fall 2014
Preparation dates for parent /child: October 19 (11:30 am) & November 9 (11:30am) in the Parish Center
Celebration of the Sacrament: November 18 (6:30 pm) in Church

First Eucharist: Spring 2015
Preparation dates for parent /child: March 15 (11:30 am) & April 19 (11:30 am) in the Parish Center
Celebration of the Sacrament: May 2 & 3, 2015 at weekend Masses

Confirmation
Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process beginning no sooner than the fall of eighth grade. It will provide ample opportunity to explore your child's understanding and practice of our Catholic faith, while also providing for continued study, service, and enrichment as a follower of Christ.

As your child grows in knowledge and discipleship, we sincerely hope that you too, will be rekindled with the fire of the Spirit in your own faith life. It is our intention that faith formation for your child be a process, rather than a program, and that it invites and engages your entire family into a deeper relationship with Christ. May we continue to work together on this journey of faith.

Required informational meetings explaining the revised Confirmation guidelines are:

Sunday, October 5, at 9:30 am OR Tuesday October 7 at 6:30 pm.

Both will be in the school building. Confirmation registrations available at this meeting.

Please call the Christian Formation Office (663-8000) or email meggleston@dor.org or mgray@dor.org if you have questions.